Attested: RC Naurum, a river in RC's tour of harbour estuaries.
Where: Barnstaple Bay, Devon, with its mouth near SS456319.
Name Origin: Naurum makes best sense emended to *Navarum, as suggested by R&S, and then analysed as the early river name navis plus PIE *ar- ‘to fit together’. This is an excellent fit to the way that the rivers Taw and Torridge come together to share a single mouth into the sea.
Notes: Ptolemy's Ναβαρου is remarkably similar in name and topography. A less likely location is a little way north, where the Somerset Levels are drained by a multiplicity of channels, which have changed over the centuries, but reach the (now an offshore sandbank) and Stert Island.
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Last edited: 3 January 2019