Coantia

Attested:  RC Coantia

Where:  The estuary of the river Kent in Cumbria, leading towards the Roman forts at Medibogdo (Watercrook, near Kendal) and Galava (Low Borrowbridge), located by its position in RC’s list of significant harbour estuaries.

Name origin:  Coantia can be naively analysed as a compound of the Latin prefix co- ‘together’ plus *antia, from a word similar to Greek αντιος, from PIE *h2enti- ‘opposite’.  Maybe this describes the way that the estuary of one central river, the Kent, is boosted by other significant rivers, including the Gilpin, Bela, and Winster.  However, as R&S pointed out, the modern name Kent looks like a descendant of an earlier Cunetio.  That is most likely to have arisen from Roman adjustment of river courses upstream at Watercrook.

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Last Edited: 04 June 2016