Attested:  ND Praefectus Ala Sabinianae Hunno

WhereHalton Chesters Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall at NY99746845.  A reasonably certain identification, from the order of listing of names in ND, backed up by the order of listing in RC, which has Onno at this position.  The ALAE SABINIANAE left several epigraphic mentions in the area, including one tombstone near this fort.

Name origin:  Uncertain.  If Hunno was the correct original, it may be significant that the Ala Sabiniana originated in Pannonia, which included a chunk of what is now Hungary.  Serious settlement of Huns as foederati near the Danube began only after AD 378 (Gračanin, 2006), but the names Hun and Hungary have never been explained 100% conclusively.  If Onno was the correct primary form, the obvious translation (as R&S explained) comes from the onno = flumen of Endlicher's Glossary.

Notes:  See Onno about the topographical situation of this fort.

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Last Edited: 29 January 2017