Ha ha Nick, as you say etymology questions are high risk topics, that’s why they make such good forum posts!
Hmm, curiouser and curiouser. Let’s agree to cut some slack over exactly which small furry animals we’re talking about – incidentally we are currently being overrun by our neighbour’s pet rabbits! – as in a way it’s equal no matter which bunny type is in question and get back to where the term was first coined. If Stabo cops out by claiming ‘Iberia’ was derived from the old name for the Ebro then where does the ‘rabbit’ theory come from, Pliny the Elder perhaps? Where did you coe across the theory Nick?