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.
Last Edited: 14 May 2016