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Re: Celtic months (was: Some suggestions)
At 10:19 pm -0500 28/1/99, Padraic Brown wrote:
>On Wed, 27 Jan 1999, Raymond A. Brown wrote:
>> >> Legal Kernu 'Cutios' (April) might be cognate with Céiteann (May) and
>> >If Ceiteann means 'head of summer', then no, as head was pennos (Pensamos,
>> >perhaps). Cutios is left unrevealled.
>> But 'ceud' in Gaelic is 1st, not head. 'Ceiteann' might be 1st (of
>I checked out my Gaulish source for this. cintos is "first";
Yes, of course - it's one of many examples of the last of -n- between vowel
& consonant in Gaelic languages. I should've remembered Welsh 'cyntaf'
which is derived from 'kint-' with an added superlative suffix.
>possibly be connected with the root cuti- "anger" or "rage"; though
>that's a guess.
"The angry month"? I guess that's possible.
It seems then that only Samonios has a cognate in the Scots Gaelic month names.