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.

NotesHelvius 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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