Attested: Ptolemy Δημηται (or Δημηκηται); Gildas demetarum tyranne vortipor
Where: South-west Wales. Ptolemy allocated them two towns: Carmarthen and Pumsaint
Name origin: Δημηται resembles Δημητηρ/Demeter, the mother-goddess of fertility, particularly of cereals, whose name may be based on PIE roots for ‘earth mother’. Western areas with good farmland and mild climate, such as in Pembrokeshire, were settled very early (before Celtic languages crystallised), so Δημηται might be a particularly ancient name.
Notes: R&S and Celtic specialists say little that is helpful about the Δημηται.
Last Edited: 28 April 2016