Attested: (1) Caesar Cantium; Strabo Καντιον
(2) Ptolemy 2,3,27 Καντιοι with 3 πολεις; 2,3,27 Καντιοις; RC Duroaverno Cantiacorum
(3) Ptolemy 2,3,4 Καντιον (Νουκαντιον) ακρον; Diodorus Siculus 5,21 ακροτηριον Καντιον ακρον
Where: (1) Kent, (2) its people, (3) probably the South Foreland at TR360432
Name origin: PIE *kan-tho- ‘rim, edge, corner’.
Notes: It has been argued that this root developed from a more basic *(s)kamb- ‘to bend’ (the likely root of several early names in Camb- etc, and of the English word hump). Therefore it is argued that Latin canthus ‘iron wheel rim’, Dutch or Norwegion kant ‘edge’, English cantle, etc, gained their T from the word being used by Celtic speakers – not convincing, because Greek κανθος ‘corner of eye, rim of wheel’ was in use way too early (Aristotle, Homer, etc).
Last Edited: 25 June 2016