I'm very interested in the old Brythonic languages and their survival in northern England into the second millenium AD. Up until the last century you still saw a few word snippets in common use, for instance in sheep counting. Unfortunately I'm not a Welsh speaker which hinders my curiosity.
One question I've had in my head for sometime is with the meaning of the name of a certain village in Cumbria- Tallentire.
Wikipedia tells me that this means world's end but I'm not sure how this could come to pass. Words like peninsula have no connection. And even assuming a much further east historic coastline it seems unlikely this village was on the coast.
I do know that tallentire is an anglicisation of the spelling and that in the original Cumbric Ys were more prominent. Tallentyre at the least. The final e and double ls also seem anglicisations.
Tal yn tyr seems a fairly logical breakdown. Tall of something.....
All I can conclude with the tyr is that this is the Cumbrian version of the Welsh twr. That the name means Hightower - a name which would seem fairly sensible for a village in such a historically rural and lawless land.
I am wondering though. If anyone out there is less of an amateur than I. Is this w-y evolution at all possible or logical?
Ultimately I'm trying to understand the name of this village (which also happens to be my mother's maiden name).