A lifetime of mispronunciation and blank looks has led me here.
Origin of Nantonicn
Nantonicn is a name from Gaul. The only original reference to it is on a stone engraving originally found in Néris-les-Bains, France. I have been advised the stone is now located at the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris. Below are two photos of the stone, the first is the original photo, the second has had the writing highlighted in red.
Don’t ask me why Nantonicn looks like it’s written as NANONICN. I can not speak or write Latin. I believe it roughly reads as “Bratronos Nantonicn(os] Epadatextorigi Leucullosu iorebe locito-k”. And translates as “Bratronos, son of Nantonios, made (this) acceptably for Epassatectorix Leucullosos”. Nanto also translates as male kangaroo from the Kaurna Warra Aboriginal language in South Australia.
No, not ghoul. Gaul is a region in Western Europe roughly in the area of present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, but also sometimes including the Po Valley, western Switzerland, and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine.
Celtic Gaul represents the region from at least 400BC through to the invasion by the Romans in 50BC, with Roman Gaul lasting till around 486AD.
I always associate Gaul with the Asterix and Obelix comics. I am currently attempting to collect the set of these comics. I have the first five. Whilst there are 34 books in the set, only the first 24 are attributed to both R. Goscinny and A. Uderzo, hence I am only after the first 24.
Néris-les-Bains is a commune in central France. It has a population of 2852 (2006). It is a picturesque area with a number of beautiful buildings shown below.
|Former train station|
Water Water Everywhere
A common theme running through my life is that of water. I was born under the star sign Aquarius (the water-bearer). I have not been able to find a full translation or Nantonicn but a component of the name Nanto means valley, water-course or stream. The name Néris in Néris-les-Bains comes from the Greek God Nérios, deity personifying the water, the spring (Latinized in Nerius). There were some other references to water but they escape me now.