Leuca and Leucarum
Attested: RC Leuca; AI iter 12 Leucaro
Where: RC’s Leuca is explicitly a river, the modern Loughor, by Swansea. AI’s Leucarum was a Roman fort, now underneath a Norman
castle, at the mouth of the river, at SS563980.
Name origin: PIE *leuk- ‘light, brightness’ presumably referred to the view over expanses of sand and mud in the estuary, as discussed in detail here. The -arum part probably results from PIE *ar- ‘to fit together’ because the river Lliw joins the Loughor near the fort.
Last Edited: 19 February 2017