Attested: Sorbiodoni in AI iter 15, with erroneous duplication as Sorvioduni in AI iter 12.
Where: At or near Wattons’s Ford, SU138016, where Margary’s Roman road 422 crossed the Hampshire river Avon, as described by Clarke (2003).
Name origin: Latin sorbeo ‘to suck up, to absorb’ might refer to boggy ground around a river. R&S interpreted –doni as dunum ‘fort’, and Latin donum ‘gift, votive offering’ is a more exact fit to the observed name, but *danu- ‘river’ may be most appropriate.
Notes: This analysis overrules the suggestion of Old Sarum, suggested by R&S and widely accepted, but incompatible with mileage figures in AI. See here for a discussion of Roman roads and water crossings in Hampshire.
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Last edited: 30 December 2018