> EITHNE (ETHNIU) , Lug's mother
Compare the common noun "etne", later "eithne", meaning
the kernel of a nut?
A reinterpretation (?) as nominative of "Cathboth", the gen.
of "Cathub". The genitive appears in ogam as CATTUBUTTAS.
Compound of "cath" (= battle; < *katu-) and *butas. Of
the second half, McManus suggests it might be "a derivative
of the root *bhau-, *bhu- 'to strike' (see Pokorny). With
*bhut-s, gen. *bhutos as a name element one can compare
*wik-s, gen. *wikos and *dek-s, gen. *dekos in LUGUVVECCA,
"bran" is pan-celtic with the meaning "raven". Vendryes
suggests it is originally a word imitating the bird's cry,
with the b- deriving from *gw- ... dunno.
> MANANNA:N / Welsh MANAWYDDAN
> Has BODUA "crow" some IE etymology?
It's "bodb" or "badb" in OI = "scald-crow, hoodie, carrion
crow" (and one of the war goddesses, of course). Mac Bain
has some suggestions s.v. "baobh".
Hope this is some help. Now we wait for Chris to speak.