Attested:  RC Nemetotatio (or Nemetotacio)

WhereLapford Roman fort at SS73340714 near Bury Barton in the middle of Devon, among a cluster of modern names apparently derived from two rivers formerly called Nymet, which are tributaries of the river Taw.

Name Origin:  A nemeton was a sanctuary, a space allocated to the gods, often at tribal boundaries.  Translating it as ‘sacred grove’ because of Latin nemus ‘open woodland’ is a mistake.)  The word survived into Irish neimed ‘consecrated space’ but its deep root is probably PIE *nem- ‘to assign’, which also led to Indic Namaste ‘respectful greetings’ and to νεμεσις ‘fate, distribution of what is due’.  Latin statio ‘station, base’ tended to mean a guardpost or government office, especially one involved in taxation.

Notes:  At position SS70740168 near Bow, formerly Nymetboghe, a cropmark suggests a former henge.  This might have been the tribal gathering place that the Roman fort was overseeing.

Standard terms of use:You may copy this text freely, provided you acknowledge its source, recognise that it is liable to human error, and try to offer suggestions for improvement.
Last Edited: 21 December 2016