There is always a beginning with everything, in this case I'll begin with Cornwall as it's convenient.
I won't go into arguments as they are well known and freely available online, I'll concentrate on this particular idea and let others do the shouting.
For a Celtic country Cornwall looks like a decidedly English name. So I'll make the assumption that Corn means either horn or corner. So, Cornwall is the place in the corner. Which it is if we look at the map.
If we sail eastwards we finish up at the next corner which is Kent. What does Kent mean?
The name Kent is believed to be of British Celtic origin and was known in Old English as Cent, Cent lond, Centrice (all pronounced with a hard “C” as “Kent-”). In Latin sources Kent is mentioned as Cantia, Canticum. The meaning is explained by some researchers as "coastal district," or "corner-land, land on the edge" (compare Welsh cant "bordering of a circle, tire, edge," Breton cant "circle"). If so, the name could be etymologically related to the placename Cantabria, historically a Celtiberian-speaking coastal region in pre-Roman Iberia, today a province of Spain.
So, we have two corners and now we must sail north. And we get to Duncansby Head.https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ ... ansbyhead/
This is a pretty place with some nice sea stacks one of which has a hole in it. This one's called Thirle Door. A bit like Durdle Dor on the south coast of England. So pretty the government was going to explode a nuclear bomb on it in the fifties. For my purposes I will suggest that Can in the middle of Duncansby is the essential element and I would suggest that it is drawn from Cearn or Corner.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncansby_Head
From Middle English thirl, thiril, from Old English þyrel (“a hole made through anything, opening, aperture, orifice, perforation”), from Proto-Germanic *þurhilą (“hole, opening”), from Proto-Indo-European *tr̥h₂kʷelo- which is *tr̥h₂kʷe + *-lo (equivalent to through + -le) from *terh₂-. Related to thrill, drill.
thirl (plural thirls)
(archaic or dialectal) A hole, aperture, especially a nostril.
This is not a coincidence, the name not the bomb, as there are other places with similar features and names.
The village takes its name from Thurlestone Rock, the so-called "thirled stone", an arch-shaped rock formation just offshore in Thurlestone Bay.
There is a Thurlstone further north.
Its name is believed to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, possibly referring to the god Thunor. Other sources argue that its name is taken from thirled (pierced) rock which is found at its location. The nearby village Thurgoland may have a similar derivation.
And I'm sure there are many more. All with big rocks with holes in them and called Thirl, Thurl, Thorl and so forth.
We turn the corner and head west towards Cape Wrath which is on the next corner.
The name Cape Wrath is derived from Old Norse hvarf ("turning point"), accordingly, wrath is pronounced /ˈræθ/ (to rhyme with math), Vikings are believed to have used the cape as a navigation point where they would turn their ships.
It's not too far from Durness which is a bit Durdle Dorish to my mind.
So, who named these places and carved holes in cliffs whenever it suited them? To carve holes in things you need a hammer of sorts. So I suggest Thor the Norse hammer man. Wiki says that his hammer may have been badly made but it's perfect as a 'lump' hammer or 'club' hammer for banging holes in walls. We used them in the Ordnance Survey all the time.https://crucibletool.com/collections/to ... ump-hammer
A big bloke with a little hammer. Unlike Odin who carried two staves or perhaps war hammers. Perhaps they served a dual purpose? And a war hammer is often called a Bec de Corbin. Not the politician but the crow or raven.https://s14-eu5.startpage.com/wikioimag ... f7b1ce.jpghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bec_de_corbin
So, I suggest that Odin and his son Thor were part of an early surveying team mapping what they could. They carved signposts into prominent cliff faces which still exist. Any that collapsed, well, it was a long time ago and on the top of those sea stacks they have found the remains of ancient fires. I suggest that once they had knocked a hole in the buttress somebody stayed on the top of the cliff with a beacon fire to guide shipping.
I think they were part of a dynasty of surveyors. Odin's father was called Borr and his grandfather Buri. Both names that imply boring into a solid object and fit perfectly with Thor.
Áðr Burs synir
bjóðum umb ypðu,
þeir er Miðgarð
Then Bur's sons lifted
the level land,
Mithgarth the mighty
there they made.
Oh yes, a site some won't approve of also claims Odin was a surveyor. And Votan in South America carried two sticks as well.
Not a skier, but thought to represent the prehistoric surveyor, or Odin, aka Wotan. The Longman of Wilmington is a 70 x 36m hillside figure. Facing 7° east of north. It’s location is 50.810° north, 0.188° east, on a ley line. The details of which are here. The figure is cleverly arranged to appear of normal proportions when viewed from the road level. It forms the logo adopted by the Society, and is known as Dodman.
Dodman is said to be an old nickname for the land snail. Who has his eyes at the end of his horns. Watkins says, in The Old Straight Track, that ‘doddering’, ‘dodge’, ‘tottering come from the surveyor’s side to side movements in making alignments. Dod… Hod… Dud… Did… Tot… appearing in mound related place names. Like: Doddington (five in the UK), Hoddesdon, Duddingston, Diddington, Tottington etc.
Similarly, known as Votan in parts of Mexico, and depicted as a carving in stone on ‘The Gateway of the Sun’ in Bolivia, the Staff God in the Chavin religion of the Tiwanaku and Wari tribes, carries two staves, one having a sighting notch. These peoples were the successors to the Nazca, famous for their landscape lines and figures, and the predecessors of the Inca.