Ρηγνοι

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,28 Ρηγνοι tribe, with one πολις at Νοιομαγος
    In the same area as AI iter 7 Regno and RC Navimago regentium

Where:  People, or a client kingdom, around Chichester, in south-central England.

Name Origin:  Ptolemy's form is best explained as from Greek ρηγνυω ‘to break asunder’.  This implies that (as Tacitus stated) the Romans split off some territory from its previous political allegiance for their client king Cogidubnus to rule.  The two later forms appear (as R&S suggested) to have assimilated to Latin regnum ‘kingship, kingdom’.  PIE *reig- ‘to reach, to stretch out’ and *rei- ‘to cut’ are both in the running to be the ultimate root of several names, Roman and later in this area, with *bhreg- less likely.

Notes  This analysis rejects the idea (favoured by R&S) of a tribe ‘proud ones’.

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