Attested: RC Saponis
Where: One of the western islands, more likely to be Bute than Great Cumbrae or Little Cumbrae.
Name origin: ‘Pine-tree island’, as explained by R&C, seems preferable to Graeco-Latin σαπών/sapo ‘soap’. The PIE root *seib- ‘to pour, to seep’ arose from a technology, using pine-tree resin as glue, that was many millennia older than Romans or soap, and was related to the root in Sabrina.
Notes: The island of Bute is still relatively well wooded along its coast.
Last Edited: 15 July 2016