Tamesebugus

AttestedTAMESEBUGUS FE on a potsherd

Where:  Headington, Oxford, apparently a potter.

Name origin:  The start is obviously the river now called Thames, while the ending probably comes from PIE *bheugh- ‘to bend’, the ancestor of proto-Germanic *bugo ‘bow’, to fit the river's “dramatic turn to the north and then south again just above Oxford”, caused by the local geology.

Notes:  Celtic specialists have made various (unconvincing) suggestions, apparently unwilling to accept that the Thames Valley population was quite Germanic in Roman times.

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