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    Default Some celtic forms

    Ancient celtic forms/words/prefixes can be found inside some of the names of quite a lot cities,rivers,toponyms in general.Here are some:
    Ambe- : river (Amiens,FR)
    ande- : additive prefix (Angiers,FR)
    avallo- : apple (Avallon,FR)
    Beal- : river mouth (Bealfast,IRL)
    -bona : fundament,village (Bologna(IT),Bonn(GER))
    Borvo : "god of thermal springs" (La Bourboule,(FR))
    Briga : hill,fortress (Coimbra(PT),Brest,(FR))
    cambo- : curve of a water current (Cambridge,UK)
    condate : confluence (Conté FR)
    cumba - valley
    Dubi- : black,brownish (Dublin,IRL)
    Dubron- : running water (Dover,UK)
    -dunum : fortress (Lyon,Dinard FR,Dundee UK etc) [i think it's the most common]
    -durum : fortress,village (Auxerre FR)
    Eburo- : the sacred tree of the celts(i can't find the english translation)
    -ialo : glade (Auteuil,Creteil FR)
    -iano : sacred glade,valley (Mediolanum-Milano IT)
    -late : swamp,flats (Arles FR)
    -lindo : water,lake (Dublin,IRL)
    Magos : market (Nijmegen,NED)
    Nanto- : valley (Nantes,FR)

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    cool, thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks, man. I can use this.
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    You're very welcome!
    The final part follows:
    -ritum : river passage
    Senon- : old (Seine,FR)
    Verno- : alder(Verona ITA,Vernon FRA)
    Vindo : white (Guingamp FR,Wien OST)

    Also a very useful tendency of the celtic languages in giving names,creating words,adopting unfamiliar ones into their own language,consisted the vocal alteration(and as a result the script alteration too) of /q/ and /p/.
    So for example the word ceathair(four in modern Irish),equals to pedwar in Gaulish and pevar in Brythonic.The number "five" is cuig in irish but pump in gaulish and pemp in Brythonic.Anyway i think it's a quite efficient way to form different dialects(due to for example geographical separation) deriving from the same language,if the case is going to get that deep.

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    Thanks for sharing! I speak Welsh so it's pretty cool going through your list and being able to recognise some of the words.

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    Thank you for sharing this.

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    Very cool
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