Κωουννος

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,33  Κωουννος (or Κωουηννος) island

Where:  Probably Canvey Island, around TQ7983, suggested by Ptolemy’s latitude coordinate.  His longitude figure has suffered a scribal error that means the islands of Sheppey and Foulness cannot be excluded.

Name origin:  The English word coune ‘united in one’, from Latin *co-unus, is appropriate for any island that is separated from its mainland by only a narrow, muddy channel.

Notes:  Κωουννος looks as if it was transliterated from Latin into Greek, rather than being freshly created in Greek.

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Last Edited: 30 June 2016