Attested:  AI iter 2 Uxacona

Where:  Roman settlement near Redhill, Staffordshire, SJ727109.

Name Origin:  The *Uxa- part probably meant ‘high’ from PIE *aug- ‘to increase’, like Welsh uchel ‘high’, because the settlement is on a hill, but what about the –cona part?  Does it simply mean the tip of a cone, because this is the highest point of Watling Street, albeit with quite gentle slopes?  Could it refer to the conical Wrekin, visible in the distance?  Unlikely.  Or does it simply have a sense of ‘with, beside’?

Notes:  A possible link with Latin uxor ‘wife’, to fit a female counterpart of Viroconium, has been spotted by Mike Taylor.

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