Bompas – Bad turns good
Apparently Bompas was built on the site of a river ford, which travellers used to cross to go from Perpignan to Narbonne.
Unfortunately, this rather dangerous passing spot was frequented by villains and highway men, and therefore named «MAL PAS” (Bad Passage).
Later on, the ford’s reputation improved with the building of a high bridge guarded by soldiers, and it became known as “BONPAS” (Good Passage).
The name for the subsequent settlement of Bompas evolved quite naturally from there.