During the Lanivet stage we held the training in conjunction with the Cornwall Records Office and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment and Records Services and met our target for attendees. In addition we held 3 events in the area and recruited volunteers for the research. This research for that area has been mostly concluded. Our partners in the Cornish language Placename and Signage Panel and Kesva an Taves Kernewek are busy writing a booklet and accompanying CD documenting these findings. This is on schedule to be published in March.
Here are some place name examples that were investigated as part of the project, This just a few of the examples in total and includes place names, field names, family names and mine names. Over 800 words were researched and these have been covered in the booklet produced as part of the project - Henwyn Tyller Pluwneves - available for sale on this website and at the Kowethas shop, Kowsva, 6 Artists' Muse, Heartlands.
Lanivet/ Lanneves: This comes from two elements, one widely agreed upon the other less so. Lan means enclosure and typically refers to a Christian site, often prefacing a saint's name. The second part of the name Nivet is the cause of some debate. Considered by some to be referring to a saint called Nivet, although evidence of such a saint is scant. The alternative theory is that Nivet doesn't refer to a saint at all and has a different meaning. Perhaps it refers to a personal name Neves. Other suggestions are that it comes from the Old Cornish Nemetos which means sacred grove, perhaps allluding to a pre-Christian, Pagan use of the site. The enclosure of Neves or the enclosure of a sacred grove, the jury's out. In Modern Cornish it is spelt Lanneves
Nanstallon/ Nansallen: This comes from two elements nans meaning valley and alen. In England the tradition is that rivers have the same name along their length, however in Cornwall it was common for parts of rivers to have different names. The part of the river Camel that flows through this area was known locally as the Alen. The valley of the Alen (section of river) or Nansalen in Cornish.
Reperry/ Resberi: An interesting name coming again from 2 Cornish root words, res meaning a ford. The latter part is beri meaning kite as in the bird. Quite why the ford was associated with a kite or any bird remains an intriguing mystery. Resberi in Cornish.
Tremeer / Treveur: Common in many Cornish place names the first particle tre, refers to a farmstead. The second part from the Cornish word meur means great. Mentioned in the Domesday book, it has been a great farm for centuries and little changes to this day. Treveur in Cornish.