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From: "John Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
> I fail to see why we have to assume that the place-name 'eccles' in its
> various forms has to be taken into Anglo-Saxon from Brythonic. It is a
> word (albeit derived from Greek) and Latin was (a) the language of the
> church and (b) the pan-European lingua franca. So I reckon it has come
> straight into both Brythonic and Anglo-Saxon from Latin. There may well
> have been speakers of all three languages in Kent when the name was being
True. As has already been mentioned, it could have passed either
dirrectly or indirrectly into Anglo-Saxon (from either Latin or
Brythonic respectively). I don't think anyone has assumed anything
(in any case, that's a 'dirty' word, as far as I'm concerned).
> Surely 'Kirk' is more Norse than Anglo-Saxon.
Born in Iowa, actually. He only works in outer-space :o)