First off, I should say that before I watched the movie Eastern Promises, the only word in Russian I knew was 'vodka'. Therefore I am well aware that I am aiming a gun at my foot even contemplating this.
Came across references to one or two academic articles which might have been informative had I had access :-( Otherwise little useful to me.
Also looked at some social history books about crime and punishment but they didn't show enough nitty gritty.
Basically, how much information would police have given a suspect after arrest and once at the Police station (but before appearing before the magistrate) as to not only the basic grounds for their arrest, but the details of the alleged crime, who were the witnesses against them, etc.?
While looking for a name for one of my character, a friend of mine suggested "Reardan" directing me to a baby names kind of websites. There they said it means "royal poet/bard" and that the origin of the name was Celtic/Irish. All of this would fit my character quite well, though I would like to be sure of the meaning of the name because I really don't think I can trust a baby names site that much.
Between a few weeks ago when I found this name and now, I did some research on Google typing in "Reardan meaning" or "Irish dictionary" "Celtic words" and other variations like that, but I was unable to find anything helpful. I also checked at my local public library if they had any books that could help me, they didn't.
So I was hoping someone around here might be able to help me and tell me if "Reardan" really means "royal poet/bard" in Irish, or if the baby name site got it all wrong.