Attested: (1) VINDICIANUS on a dedication slab for tower building in late AD 300s;
(2) VINDICIANUS on a tombstone.
Where: (1) Ravenscar, on the Yorkshire coast; (2) Penrith, Cumbria.
Name origin: Latin vindico ‘to lay claim, to set free’ is more likely than “Celtic” Vindo- ‘happy, pleasant’ seen in many place names.
Notes: Helvius Vindicianus, was a near contemporary doctor near Carthage and Saint Vindicianus was a later bishop in northern France. Also compare Vindiorix.
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