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In the Prehistory section, the article says:
- The first part of the placename Manderscheid is derived from the Celtic word mantara (pine), the second part from a Celtic word meaning 'forest'.
This is doubtful. One half of my family descends from Manderscheid, and this is not the origin of the name that was told to me.
The first part "mander" I'm not sure about; I recall being told it represents a stream or river. It may well mean "pine" as the article says.
As for the second part, it is more likely that "scheid" derives not from the Celtic word "forest" but from the German word scheiden, meaning split or divide. The name, therefore, might mean "fork in the river" (if Mander is a river) or "pine branch/split".