Ιτουνα

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,2  Ιτουνα estuary

Where:  River Eden, Cumbria, which becomes distinct from the Solway Forth and the river Esk near NY3262

Name Origin:  PIE *ei- ‘to go’ gained a T in several language families, notably Latin.  So Ιτουνα was just the itus ‘going’ river.  Ekwall (1928) spelled out this logic, but then (implausibly) suggested an original form *Pituna, which lost its P in Celtic.

Notes:  The Eden is good for travelling fairly long distances, by boat, or on foot by its banks.

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Last Edited: 14 May 2016