The village has, in recent times, become attractive to day-trippers and tourists, and is one of the most-visited places in Britain.
Toponymists have had difficulty explaining the origin of 'Tintagel': the probability is that it is Norman French as the Cornish of the 13th century would have lacked the soft 'g' ('i/j' in the earliest forms: see also Tintagel Castle). Oliver Padel proposes 'Dun' '-tagell' meaning narrow place in his book on place names.
The name first occurs in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae (c.
1136, in Latin) as Tintagol, implying pronunciation with a hard [g] sound as in modern English girl. 482), in early Middle English, the name is rendered as Tintaieol.
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About this time Alan de Coupland and William de Wabyrththwaite granted land to Walter de Sewnyhous in the nearby manor of Bolton, which remained in that family's possession for over 500 years.
The modern-day village of Tintagel was always known as Trevena (Cornish: ) until the Post Office started using 'Tintagel' as the name in the mid-19th century (until then Tintagel had been restricted to the name of the headland and of the parish).meaning village on a mountain) is a civil parish and village situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.The population of the parish was 1,820 people (2001 census), and the area of the parish is 4,281 acres (17.32 km The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table.The dining room enjoys stunning coastal views, and serves a menu including steaks, curries, pasta and sandwiches.The Chapters Bar offers a range of real ales and has been featured in the Good Beer Guide.