Meaning of the name
Although the name Trebopala appears in only a single inscription, it is of interest because this inscription is in the Lusitanian language rather than in a Latin dedication. It is generally thought the first element is a Celtic one, *trebo- (or a cognate with it) meaning a house or dwelling place. The second element is interpreted either as "protector", or as the attested Lepontic/Ligurian word pala, probably meaning a sacred stone, or as "flat land." Trebopala is therefore said to mean either Protector of the Home, Plain of the Home or Altar of the Home. In the inscription, Trebopala is recorded as receiving a sheep (oilam).
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- La inscripción del Cabeço das Fráguas y la lengua de los Lusitanos, Antonio Tovar (1980)
- E-Keltoi Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies Vol. 6