Words and Proper Names


Bisagni (Jacopo): Leprechaun: a new etymology.
In CMCS 64 (Winter, 2012), pp. 47–84.
Suggests L Lupercus as etymon.
Sims-Williams (Patrick): Leprechauns and Luperci, Aldhelm and Augustine.
In Sacred histories [Fs. Herbert] (2015), pp. 409–418.
Adds to the discussion by J. Bisagni (in CMCS 64.47ff) and cites a further passage from Augustine’s De civitate Dei (xviii.10) that provides evidence for the misunderstanding of the Luperci by Irish scholars.