Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,6 Οκελου (or Οκαιλου) ακρον
Where: Spurn Head, across the mouth of the Humber estuary, at TA397103, from Ptolemy’s coordinates, according to Kleineberg, Marx & Lelgeman (2012). R&S mentioned Flamborough Head as another possibility.
Name origin: Ocelus ‘lookout’ probably assimilated to Latin ocellus ‘little eye’
Notes: Ptolemy listed an Οκηλις as a promontory/peninsula source of fresh water for mariners in the south of the Red Sea, which Bukharin reckoned was named ‘QL in a Semitic language and is now the island called Halba Desēt of Eritrea.
Last Edited: 4 March 2017