Focal an Lae #114
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: tuath (TOO-uh) [tuə]

Meaning: tuath = countryside; (common) people, laity; tribe; territory


History: Old Irish “túath”, Welsh “tud” (people, country), Breton “tud” (people) and Gaulish “teuta” (tribe) all come from Common Celtic *towtā, from the Indo-European word *teutā (tribe). “Teutates” was an important Gaulish deity, “the God of the Tribe”, whom Julius Caesar identified with Mercury. The name of a Germanic tribe of the Roman period gives us the English cognate “teutonic”.

Scottish Gaelic: tuath

2008-06-19 CPD