Attested: RC Lavobrinta
Where: Caer Gai Roman fort, at about SH877314, close to where the river Llafar enters Bala Lake, which is part of the river Dee heading ultimately to the legionary base at Chester.
Name origin: See here about Lavo- ‘variable river’. The ‑brinta part has possible parallels in more than six rivers across Europe (Krahe 1963), notably the Comography's Brinta, now the Brenta, which flows out of the Alps to the Adriatic at Venice. It could derive from *Brigantia or similar, from PIE *bhergh- ‘high’, which also led, for example, to Welsh bryn ‘hill’ and Old English brant ‘steep’.
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Last edited: 1 January 2019