Forum Replies Created

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
  • in reply to: The name ‘Lana’ in NW Devon #12640

    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


Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)