Re: [tied] S(h)ibboleth

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14465
Date: 2002-08-22

Is it? As far as I've been able to check, the earliest recorded version (12th c.) is Wristleham, with byforms like Wrettesham or Wrechcessam; at any rate the <wr-> appears to be historically justified. Doesn't it come from OE wrecca 'exile, adventurer, outlaw' (with palatal <cc>), as in Ratchwood < wreccan wudu? It was a weak noun, to be sure, so one would expect OE *wreccan ha:m > *Wretchenham with possible further telescoping (cf. Wretham in Norfolk), but the the replacement of *wrecchen by <wrecches> in early Middle English is thinkable.
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From: guto rhys
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] S(h)ibboleth

If I remember correctly Wrexham is derived from 'Recce's (a personal name) ham'.