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Unfortunately, we just don't know. There is no clear Greek etymology for it, not just the initial Lake- part, but the whole word. This is from Beekes' etymological dictionary: Λακεδαίμων, -ονος [f.] town and country on the river Eurotas (ll.). <PG?> .DIAL Myc. ra-ke-da-mi-ni-jo /Lakedaimnios/ and [ra-]ke-da-mo-ni-jo /Lakedaimonios/, cf. Lejeune RPh. ...

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