Re: euskara Irun "France", Donostia "Spain" - why?

From: m_iacomi
Message: 15119
Date: 2002-09-05

João Simões Lopes Filho <jodan99@...> wrote:

> What´s the origin of euskaran words IRUN for France, and DONOSTIA
> for Spain ?

AFAIK, Irun & Donostia (=San Sebastián in Spanish) are two cities
in the Spanish Basque region. Word for Spain in Euskara is "Espainia"
and France is called just "Frantzia".
Irun means "to spin", "to wave".
I'm not aware of any special meaning of Donostia other than being
the name of the above-mentioned city.

Marius Iacomi