"Abertawe"

Translation:Swansea

March 11, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikheetchris

I notice that many Welsh cities start with Aber. Is there a translation for this word?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew8764

Where a river flows into another, or into the sea. According to the lesson's tips and notes. There are also many other interesting parts of names that you should check out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yottskry

It's the same as the "mouth" suffix in English: Avonmouth, Dartmouth, Exmouth.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmylou770

And Teignmouth too. Thanks for including these West Country names. Another one - Sidmouth.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruebeth

I wonder if the 'avon' in Avonmouth comes from the Welsh afon? It does mean river after all, and it's quite close to Wales geographically.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I wonder if the 'avon' in Avonmouth comes from the Welsh afon?

Well, they both come from the same Brythonic/Celtic root, at any rate.

There may not have been "Welsh" as a separate language (distinct from Cumbric, Cornish, etc.) at the point where the river names were coined.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dgreagoir

Not just Welsh - Aberdeen, and Aberfoyle in Scotland, and the cognate form in Gaelic is inbhir, usually Anglicized as Inver, as in Inbhir Nis / Inverness.

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