Attested: RC Esica; Amiens Patera ESICA; ND Aesica
Where: Roman fort at Great Chesters NY704667 on Hadrian’s Wall
Name origin: Esus or Aesus “comes from a widely distributed and very ancient European religious idiom, probably of Bronze-Age descent and long propagated in shared oral religious traditions in Italy, Gaul, Britain and Germany” (Nash Briggs, 2011). Probably from PIE *(e)su- ‘good’.
Notes: ESICO on Icenian coins is a “theophoric personal name or title of office”, which is “unrecorded in any linguistically Celtic context, but it and several other very similar names are liberally attested in early Germanic literary and inscriptional contexts”.
Last Edited: 10 June 2016