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.
Last Edited: 30 June 2016