Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,10 Γαδηνοι (not in all manuscripts)
Where: People in the Scottish borders, possibly around Jedburgh.
Name Origin: PIE *ghedh- ‘to unite, to join’ developed strongly in Germanic languages, for example to Flemish gaden ‘to please, to belong with’ and to English gather.
Notes: The element Caed-, which was common in Anglo-Saxon personal names (but often alleged to come from a Celtic root meaning ‘battle’) may be related.
Last Edited: 19 July 2016