Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,6 Μεταρις (or Μεγαρις) estuary
Where: The Wash
Name origin: Latin metarius ‘of boundaries’, from metor and PIE *me- ‘to measure’, not from meto and PIE *me- ‘to mow, to reap’, as sometimes suggested. Presumably this refers to the way that extensive areas of wet ground, far inland from the present sea walls around the Wash, formed a boundary between different tribes in areas that would become Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Last Edited: 13 July 2016