Cunetio

Attested:  AI iter 14 Cunetione;   RC Cunetzone

Where:  Roman walled town near Mildenhall, around SU21656945, in a bend of the river Kennet, close to Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Name origin:  Same as the English word cunette ‘artificial water channel’.  (R&S could not see anything useful in Celtic.)

Notes:  Cunette almost certainly came from a Latin engineers’ word *cunetta (much more likely than the unsupported speculation repeated by many books).  Cunetio poses a challenge to understand how the Romans changed the local river.  Britain has more than 50 places whose names may have come from the same root, but they are confused by other water-channel words.  An unpublished manuscript discussing all of them is available on request.

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Last Edited: 21 September 2016