Cumbric counting system:


It’s clear to see the similarities with other Brythonic numerals and it’s fascinating that these terms are still used today by farmers in Cumbria and the North West of England.

Wikipedia article

Omniglot article

Lakeland Dialect Society article

Article by Stan Carey

Article: What does ‘yan tan tether’ mean?

It’s believed that the name of the 18th century popula children’s rhyme, ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock,’ derived from the Cumbric terms for eight, nine and ten – now commonly remembered as ‘hovera, dovera, dick’ in Northern dialects.

Cwmbraek – Website attempting partial reconstruction of the language based on archaic remains of vocabulary found in place-names etc


2 thoughts on “Cumbric

  1. Hi there SteCymru, its good to see others attempting to digitally preserve Cumbric and other languages like Devonian online. The ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ info was quite interesting, as I’ve always wondered what it meant. If you want to collaborate on Cumbric/Devonian material on youtube (as I see you have an account) just email (Perhaps a sideshow of collated material?) I have a video here concerning the preservation of these languages.

    1. Diolch yn fawr iawn am dy sylwadau.

      Thanks a lot for your message. I’d love to attempt to raise the visial provision of ancient Celtic languages but, as you may have discovered, I’m nowhere near a dab hand with technology!
      In which ways did you have in mind to promote Cumbric etc?

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