Cunorix

Attested:  CVNORIX MACVS MAQVI COLINE on a stone inscription.

Where:  Found in a ploughed field near Wroxeter.

Name originCuno- is commonly and confidently translated as ‘hound, dog’, related to Irish and Welsh ci, and descended from PIE *kwon-, like Latin canis, German Hund, Greek κυων, etc, making Cunorix mean ‘hound king’.  The alternative translation of ‘kin’, from PIE *genə- ‘to beget, give birth’, is more logical for most ancient personal and divine names that began with Cuno-, but has been disregarded because its main descendants are so Germanic, as indeed are most names that end in -rix or similar.

NotesCynric, king of Wessex in the 500s according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, is often likened to Cunorix, in order to argue that he had west-British (Celtic) roots.  The Norse name Haakon, literally ‘high son’ is another parallel.

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