Verecunda

Attested:  On two inscriptions: DIS M VERECVD RVFILIA CIVES DOBVNNA ANNOR XXXV EXCINGVS CONIVX CONIVGI KARISSIMA POSIT DE SVO and D M VERECVNDAE.

Where:  At Templeborough and Auchendavy Roman forts, where these ladies may have been wives of Roman soldiers and at least one came from the Dobunni tribe.

Name origin:  Latin verecundus ‘shy, bashful’.

Notes:  This analysis rejects a north-European “Celtic” 2-element compound, of the type seen particularly in later “Germanic” names such as Radegund.  Then the first part might resemble a word for ‘man’, as seen in werewolf or virile, or be related to ware or fare, and the second part might be an analogue of gund ‘battle, war’, seen in many Germanic names, such as Radegund, which was common in Old English spelled guð without leaving a descendant in modern English, but is gunnr in Norse, or else a precursor of the modern taboo word cunt.

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