Talk:List of river name etymologies

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How come Danube is supposed to be from the Indo-European root dānu- 'river', but Don is not? 207.107.246.140 19:21, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

That Don river is not the Don River you're thinking of, but the River Don, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. In ancient times, it was known as Devona, a Celtic name. In any case, the Celtic languages are a branch of Indo-European, so that river name is also from an Indo-European root, but a different one.
On the other hand, the name of the Don River in Russia is most probably derived from the same Iranian (Scythian or Sarmatian) word dānu- 'river' as the Danube, except that no one has chosen to add that etymology yet.
If I were you, I wouldn't place too much trust in what this article says. It's kind of a free-for-all. No sources are cited, and several etymologies listed are dubious. It's simply not very scientific. In fact, just to be sure, I've added the standard warnings for this type of work. Pasquale 01:39, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

What about the Australian Rivers??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 6frules (talkcontribs) 10:35, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

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