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From: Padraig Breathnach <>
Subject: Re: counties; was Interesting children
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 15:55:12 +0100
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"Vaughan Sanders" <> wrote:
>"Paul Draper" <> wrote in message
>> Vaughan Sanders wrote:
>> > I think Kent is unique as the only English county to have a pre
>> > English origin for its name.
>> We did have Avon for a while. How about Leicestershire and the Isle of
>Avon would have been Dobunni or Belgae territory, are you thinking of
>Avalon and King Arthur for the origin?.
'Avon' is a Celtic word, meaning "river". You find it in other
placenames, such as 'Aberavon'.
Whether or not 'Avalon' is in any way derived from 'avon' I do not
know, but I see no obvious reason why it should be.