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This summary describes the evidence in Academy of Saint Gabriel report 2909 for <Yllaria de Witebi>.
The Academy of Saint Gabriel report 2909, dated August 26, 2004 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/2909), documents <Yllaria de Witebi> is a 13th c. English feminine name. <Yllaria> is dated as a feminine given name to 1200, 1203, 1205, and 1210 in Talan Gwynek's "Feminine Given Names in _A Dictionary of English Surnames_" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/). The spelling <Witebi> is dated to various times between 1188-1315 in the _Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society_, Edited by Victor Watts in association with John Insley, Margaret Gelling (Cambridge University Press: January 2004) s.n. Whitby.
The following summary describes the evidence in Academy of Saint Gabriel report 1735 for the name <Banbagnas Damagnas>.
Academy of Saint Gabriel report 1735 dated June 1, 1999 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1735) constructs the name <Banbagnas Damagnas>. <Banbagnas> is a conjectural reconstruction of the Oghamic Irish precursor of the Old Irish given name <Banba/n> 'piglet' (O/ Corra/in, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire. Irish Names. Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1990. s.n. Banba/n); it is based on progressions like Old Irish <Ba/eta/n> from Oghamic <Baidagnas> (McManus, Damian: A Guide to Ogam, 1991) and comparative evidence from a Gaulish name believed to contain the same 'pig' root (D. Ellis Evans, Gaulish Personal Names: A Study of Some Continental Celtic Formations, 1967). <Damagnas> is constructed on similar evidence as an Oghamic precursor of the Old Irish given name <Dama/n> 'calf, fawn', which was also recorded as the sobriquet of a 7th century king (OCM s.n. Dama/n).
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Academy of Saint Gabriel report 1735 dated June 1, 1999 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1735) constructs the name <Banbagnas Damagnas>. <Banbagnas> and <Damagnas> are conjectural reconstructions of the Oghamic Irish precursors of the Old Irish given names <Banba/n> 'piglet' and <Dama/n> 'calf, fawn'. <Dama/n> also appears as the sobriquet of a 7th century king (O/ Corra/in, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire. Irish Names. Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1990, s.nn. <Banba/n>, <Dama/n>).
<Banba/n> is a compound of <banb> 'a pig' and the diminutive suffix <-a/n>; <Dama/n> is similarly compounded from <dam> 'an ox' and the diminutive suffix. That <-a/n> derives from Oghamic <-agnas> is well-established and can be illustrated by any number of examples, e.g., Old Irish <Ba/eta/n> from Oghamic <Baidagnas> (McManus, Damian. A Guide to Ogam. Maynooth: An Sagart, 1991). That Old Irish <Banb-> goes back to a very similar Oghamic Irish form is supported by the Gaulish personal name <Banuus>, probably of late 2nd century date, which is thought to contain the same root as Old Irish <banb> (Evans, D. Ellis. Gaulish Personal Names: a Study of some Continental Celtic Formations. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967, p.149.). Old Irish <Dam-> is thought to go back to a Proto-Celtic <dam->, so the intermediate Oghamic Irish form is also reconstructed as <Dam-> (Macbain, Alexander. Etymological Dictionary of Scottish-Gaelic. 2nd ed. Orig. publ 1907(?); reprint New York: Hippocrene, 1998, s.v. damh.).
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