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.

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Last Edited: 19 February 2017