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  • in reply to: The name ‘Lana’ in NW Devon #12640
    RogerW
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    Thank you so much, Wistman (and what a great user name).

    Yes, ‘Lana’ as ‘Lane’ would be logical, although rather disappointingly prosaic. And describing Lucas as ‘the bloke who lives just down the lane’ would be a bit unhelpful as just about everyone lived somewhere down a lane!

    I’ve now come across a book by Valerie Belsey called ‘Exploring Green Lanes’ and she takes her reader to the third of my Lanas, where she says: ‘The Dumnonii, resisting the Anglo-Saxon invasions, used the name -lana to refer to a burying ground for their tribesmen’. This would be a lot more exciting than the ‘lane’ explanation but that doesn’t necessarily make it true.

    Thanks again

    Roger

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