Origin of the name MAPONOS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MAPONOS.
Another name for the Gaulish Apollo, meaning "the great
youth," from old Welsh mapon
("boy, male child"), and the Greek suffix -os. Also
spelled Maponus. Welsh Mabon.
Apollo appears to have been known "all over the Celtic world,"
and by various names, of which the most common seem to have been Maponos
and Grannos. Maponos we are assured is the same word as the old
Welsh mapon, now mabon, "boy" or "male
child"; while Grannos "is probably to be referred to the
same origin as the Sanskrit verb ghar, "to glow, burn,
shine"... English gleam"; the name also appearing in
the Irish Grainne, originally a dawn-goddess, or a moon-goddess.
Thus Maponos and Grannos will stand respectively for the Bonus Puer,
and the Posphoros or a Translyvanian inscription: "Deus
Bonus Puer Posphoros Apollo Pythius." As the author of
light and heat the sun-god naturally became the patron of hot springs
ane healing waters. The springs of Aix-la-chapelle were known to
the Romans as Aquæ Granni." (The Scholar's History of England,
Ramsay, v.1, 1898)