Attested: Celovion at position 178 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Somewhere in SW Scotland, possibly the set of Roman camps at Girvan, Ayshire, at NX187990. Conceivably Girvan preserves a memory of the name Celovion.
Name Origin: Greek κελυφιον ‘little sheath’ presumably referring to Girvan water.
Notes: This analysis overrules a previous guess that initial Cel- was related to the words conceal or hail and final -ovion was related to the *upa/*oba ‘water’ element discussed here. South of Irvine the coast of Ayrshire has just three harbours, at Ballantrae, Girvan, and Ayr, which correspond (possibly too conveniently!) with a sequence of three names in the Cosmography's list Coritiotar Celovion Itucodon, which had looked difficult but all make sense in Greek.
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