At 17:29 28/07/2006, Raimund Karl wrote:
>What a load of rubbish! Don't they know that van is derived from Latin
>benna, which in turn is a loan from Celtic benna, 'four-wheeled wagon'? The
>name of the Celtic goddess thus must have been 'Transbennia'! ;-)
This sheds light on the placename aspect in the case of Benfleet, where the
Brythonic-speaking natives lived in their fleet of vans, in fraternal
harmony with the much smaller band of A-S settlers who buried their king
down the road in Southend.