Monapia

Attested:  Pliny Monapia;  Orosius  Mevania;  Honorius  Mevania;  Jordanes  Mevania

Where:  The Isle of Man, because Pliny also mentioned Mona to be Anglesey

Name origin:  Presumably PIE *men- ‘to project’ plus *ap- ‘water’.  The later authors' form Mevania probably arose as a scribal mistake to match the city of that name near Rome.  Greek Μαναπια is easy to misread as Roman Mevania.

Notes:  Island names similar to Mona created, in the words of R&S, a tangled web.

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Last Edited: 26 July 2016