Updated: Nov 5
Hello, Dydh Da and Kia Ora!
You'll know by now that Resegva is a marine boat monitoring service and we are using low cost satellite communications. But what does this resegva name mean and what's behind our using it?
Resegva is a Cornish word that translates as run, career, course or orbit. Orbit is the meaning we use as it associated with our satellite communication services.
Our use of Resegva is more than just a word though.
We recognise Cornwall - Kernow - as part of the Celtic lands that traded with each other for hundreds of years before the Roman period. The Celtic languages continue today in Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Manx, and French Breton. These languages had common ancestry, not just as people migrated across what is now Europe and the British Isles, but also because they continued to trade with each other.
There is also the possibility that in the Neolithic period that people from across Europe met in the southern British Isles at the site of Stonehenge and elsewhere attracting the people that became the Celtic settlers.
Cornwall has long been a region of technology innovation from the discovery of tin and copper metals in these pre-history times and the trading of the metals across the European lands. The legacy of mining is strongly evident on the local landscape and influences the modern economy.
Trading between the Celtic peoples clearly required maritime skills and with its 420 miles of coast and over 300 beaches Cornwall has a rich history of sailing.
Cornwall has been vital to communications systems and space technology for decades at the Goonhilly satellites ground station and more recently with the Cornwall Spaceport at Newquay to encourage and support the development of Britain's space activities.
The personal route of Resegva founder John McDermott is via childhood near to Stonehenge, working in the Cornwall/Devon region and more recent residence in Aotearoa New Zealand (a story of exploration and sailing for another post).
Although Resegva and our parent business Farfields IoT are not located in Cornwall, we recognise both the history and future of Kernow and its inspiration to us. We think of Kernewek as more than the language of a region - this is a culture of technology, exploration and trading that has thousands of years of history across Europe and the British Isles.
We hope you join us on the voyage of Resegva!
Find more Kernewek translations at Gerlyver Kernewek
Some history on the Kernewek language https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/cornwall/language.htm
Some more reading on origins of the Celtic peoples https://www.history.com/topics/european-history/celts
A range of views on whether the Celts had connection to Stonehenge is provided here https://www.historic-cornwall.org.uk/is-stonehenge-celtic/