Attested: RC Landini
Where: On the Roman road heading into south London, most likely in Southwark, around TQ344771.
Name origin: From PIE *lendh- ‘open land’, referring to the first area where the banks of the Thames ceased to be marshy.
Notes: No evidence has been found for a significant settlement at London before Roman times, so its most likely name-givers were traders from the Continent (who would later be called Flemings, Frisians, or Saxons) mingling with the governor’s entourage. Much has been written about vowels A and O in Germanic languages and why London has an O where land has an A.
Last Edited: 7 August 2016