Deventiasteno

Attested:  RC Statio (or Stadio) deventiasteno

Where:  The small Roman fort at Restormel, Cornwall, near the river Fowey, at SX10256108.  It probably served to collect and tax Cornish tin.

Name origin:  Latin statio ‘station, base’ tended to mean a government office, especially one involved in taxation.  Deventia- could then derive from either devenio ‘to come’ or debeo ‘to owe’.  And –steno resembles stannum ‘tin’.

Notes:  R&C reported Williams’ suggestion that deventia came from PIE *dei- ‘to shine, god’ and that –steno had been mangled from –ensis.  Not convincing.

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Last Edited: 22 June 2016