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.
Last Edited: 22 June 2016