Attested: RC Brinavis
Where: Brentford, where the main Roman road heading west out of London is now the A315, Kew Bridge Road, just skirts the Thames which still has two channels because of river islands, at about TQ184777.
Name origin: Brinavis means essentially ‘river bank, with first element related to brim, brink and bridge, possibly from PIE *bhru- ‘eyebrow’, and second element *navis ‘river’.
Notes: Brentford was recorded in AD 705 as Breguntford, where navis has been replaced by gunt, seen also in Seguntio (Caernarvon) and possibly related to cunette ‘water channel’.
Last Edited: 4 August 2016