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Pronounced Pron. /aʁ.dɛn/(French)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From the forest known as Arduenna Silva in the Roman period; Arduenna probably derives from a Gaulish cognate of the Brythonic word ardu, as in Irish ard "high". The second element may be related to the Celtic element *windos, as in the Welsh gwyn/gwen ("fair, blessed"), which suggests an original meaning of "forest of blessed heights", a derivation likely shared with numerous Arden place names in Britain.

Ardenne is a region of mountainous forests in Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and France, where it gives its name to Ardennes department and the former Champagne-Ardenne region.
Added 6/16/2022 by portanbeag
Edited 4/30/2024 by Mike C