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Tony Davenport wrote at 2010-09-01 10:50:28

The 'ac' ending on many French towns (Cognac, Jarnac, Courpignac, etc.) indicates 'a place where you can find water'. The Roman influence is clear. The Latin for water is aqua pronounced 'akwa'. It is easy to see how over time this became shortened to 'ac' pronounced 'ak'.

Drumwrecker wrote at 2011-08-17 19:12:56
There are loads of villages that en wit ac. I came to this link expecting an answer. So as I am in France at the moment I think I will visit the town hall to see if they have an answer.

dave k wrote at 2013-05-01 18:03:11
way to go tony!! you have succeeded where others have failed.  i too have wondered about the ac ending, all over the south of france, now i know. thank you.


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