Κενιωνος

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,4  Κενιωνος (or Κεννιωνος) river mouth

WhereFalmouth harbour, which opens to the sea around SW8331, but extends far inland, to narrow down into the river Fal around SW8338.

Name Origin:  Greek κενεωνος, from κενεων ‘hollow’.  The parent word κενος ‘empty’ seems to have few cognates, but it appears in other place names (Iuliocenon, Alithacenon).  The estuary of the river Fal is one of the largest deep-water harbours in the world, yet has rarely been thronged with ships or surrounded with settlements on anything like the scale of other large British estuaries.

Notes:  The river Kenwyn forms the harbour district of Truro at SW828447 and flows towards the river Fal.  Its earliest attestation, in 1259, and its various suggested meanings make it unlikely to preserve a memory of Κενιωνος.

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Last Edited: 24 May 2016