Attested: TAMESEBUGUS 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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