Attested: AI iter 9 Canonio; TP Caunonio
Where: Kelvedon Roman settlement at TL864185 beside the river Blackwater, with a travellers’ rest place on the Roman road from Chelmsford to Colchester.
Name origin: Probably just named from canna/καννα ‘reed’, which survives in English cane but originated in ancient Mesopotamia.
Notes: With its two water mills at either end of a big bend in a river, Kelvedon looks very like Cunetio turned on its side. In 998 Kelvedon was called Cynlauedyne, which looks like the láf ‘remnant’ of a *cyn ‘cunette’, apparently present in other East Anglia names, such as Durcinate.
Last Edited: 29 April 2016