I need to decide what to call a fortified camp south of Carlisle, that is, what the people of Rheged in the early 7th C might have called it. It’s known these days as Brougham; the Romans called it Brocavum (it was the base of Danubian numerii) but now we’re a few centuries on. I know nothing of Brittonic etymology. However (because, y’know, I’m always willing to take a guess), going by the change of Eboracum to Ebrauc, perhaps Brauc or Broauc might not be too far off the mark. Thoughts?
Nicola Griffith is an English novelist living in Seattle. Now dual US/UK citizen. Author of Menewood (2023), Spear, Hild, So Lucky, and five other novels, plus a memoir. Two-time winner of the Washington State Book Award; winner of (among others) Nebula, Tiptree, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Award. Runs a personal website, as well as a research blog. Also on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.