Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,11 Κερωνες or Κερονες
Where: Ptolemy listed six tribes living in northern Scotland from Kintyre to Caithness, with the Κερωνες number two, apparently placing them in the western Highlands from Islay up to Mull plus the adjacent mainland. However, Κερωνες is so similar to his third name, Κρεωνες, that it might be an accidental duplication.
Name origin: Possibly from κηρων ‘beehive’. Beehive dwellings are prominent in treeless western islands, but there is no evidence to date surviving examples back to Roman times. On balance, it seems best to guess that Κερωνες is a duplication of Κρεωνες or of Καρινοι.
Last Edited: 20 July 2016