Attested:  RC Dolocindo

Where:  Somewhere in or near the Somerset Levels (located only approximately by its position in RC's listing), possibly at Crandon Bridge, ST330400, a Roman-era port now silted up some distance from the river Parrett (Rippon et al. 2008).

Name originDolocindo begins with an element that is common in later place names (albeit with a variety of spellings across the whole of Britain), related to modern English dole (from PIE *dail- ‘to divide’ and/or *delɘ- ‘to split’) meaning ‘to share out’ resources, especially land beside a river.  Dolemeads beside the river Avon at Bath is a good example.  The word survives in English as dale, in Welsh as dôl, and in Gaelic as dail, dalloch, etc (Watson, 1926:414).  Bede wrote that daal was Irish for ‘part’ while explaining his version of how the Scotti came to live in Dalriada.  An equivalent word halh or haugh, which was analysed by Gelling (1984:100-111) as ‘nook’ or ‘river meadow’, often shows up adjacent to places with altered, or at least managed, river courses, such as by Mildenhall and Cunetio.  So maybe the second element ‑cindo can be likened to cunette ‘water channel’.

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Last Edited: 12 February 2017