Attested:  Caesar Bello Gallico 5, 21: Ancalites

Where:  A tribe in south-east England, one of five who sent embassies to Caesar.  Presumably they lived around a bend in the coastline: possibly the North Foreland on Thanet, or the South Foreland, or towards Dungeness.

Name Origin:  Greek αγκαλη (hence Latin ancala) ‘bent arm’, from PIE *ank- ‘bend’ (as in ankle, angle, etc) plus an ending -ites taken from Greek ιτις used for forming adjectives, especially for ethnic designations.

Notes:  Rivet & Smith offered a Celtic suggestion based on *kal- ‘hard.  Not convincing.

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