Thursday, 22 May 2014

Oskaleg or Aucaleuc


I visited Aucaleuc yesterday (near Dinan in eastern Brittany), but no sign of any thistles.
Here's the place name etymology:
Aucaleuc     Oskaleg     [Oscalloc 12thC]  ‘Place of thistles’.
From OB : scal, ‘thistle’ becoming oscalloc, ‘place of thistles’ 
[W: ysgallog, ‘full of thistles’]. Cf: Pantysgallog, Dolysgallog (Wales).


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