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Neophilologus

, Volume 81, Issue 4, pp 605–608 | Cite as

OLD ENGLISH *DUCEMANN

  • Carole Hough
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Abstract

The first element of the place-name Duckmanton in Derbyshire is an Old English personal-name *Ducemann which is not otherwise attested in literary or toponymic sources. Previous suggestions are that the name derives either from an OE *du-ce-mann “man who keeps ducks” or from an OE *Ducc(a)-mann “*Duc(c)a's man”. An analysis of the recorded meanings of OE mann supports the latter interpretation. A third possibility, that the name may derive from an early form of the Middle English compound Du-che-man “a German”, is raised here for the first time.

Keywords

Early Form Comparative Literature Historical Linguistic Previous Suggestion English Compound 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Hough
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  1. 1.Department of English LanguageUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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