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From: "Paul Draper" <>
Subject: Re: counties; was Interesting children
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 05:53:29 +0000 (UTC)
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Vaughan Sanders wrote:
> "Paul Draper" <> wrote in message
>> Vaughan Sanders wrote:
>>> I think Kent is unique as the only English county to have a pre
>>> English origin for its name.
>> We did have Avon for a while. How about Leicestershire and the Isle
>> of Wight?
> Avon would have been Dobunni or Belgae territory, are you thinking of
> Avalon and King Arthur for the origin?.
As has already been pointed out Avon is a pre-English work for river.
> Leicestershire was Coritani territory, why do you think it has pre
> English origin?.
Llyr-caster. The suffix caster mean a former roman camp or citadel but I
wasn't sure if it was Celtic or Germanic. Llyr refers to the local tribe or
> Isle of Wight may be another one, (ASC) "Wihtware- that is the tribe
> which now lives on Wight" (Jutes), literally the inhabitants of the
> Isle of Wight.
> I don't think it's known which pre Roman tribe inhabited the Isle of
> Wight (Roman *Vectis*), it may be named after *Wihtgar*, a relative of
> Cerdic the founder of the West Saxon dynasty.
Quite, the Romans called it Vectis and I was assuming a related etymology.
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