Regaina/Ρικινα

Attested:  Pliny  Ricina;  Ptolemy 2,2,11  Ρικινα (or Εγγαρικεννα);   RC Regaina listed among islands ‘in the western ocean’.

WhereRathlin Island, off Northern Ireland, at NR330079, where a remarkable number of ships have been wrecked.

Name Origin:  Greek ρηγνυμι ‘to be shipwrecked’, from PIE *wreg- ‘to break’, and/or ρικηνεις ‘shrivelled with cold’.  Εγγα meant ‘near’.

Notes:  Evidently not early navigators' favourite place!

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Last edited: 15 September 2018