Attested: Canza at position 27 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Combwich, Somerset, ST258422, where a side-channel off the river Parrett provided a port for the Quantock Hills area and Cannington.
Name Origin: From Vulgar Latin *cantia ‘edge’, as discussed by Rivet & Smith. quantia on a gold coin minted around AD 600 at Quentovic, a trading place with strong links to Britain, on the river Canche in France, is a good parallel.
Notes: See the discussion of names in northern Somerset here. Cantuctune in King Alfred's will was an early post-Roman mention of the Quantocks.
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