Attested: Ptolemy 2,2,6 Ωκεανος Ουεργιουιος; 2,3,2 Ουεργιουιος/Ουεργιουος/Ουεργινιος
Where: The Celtic Sea (sea area Fastnet) west of Land’s End.
Name origin: The name appears to survive in Irish farraige or fairrge ‘open sea’ from PIE *werg-3 ‘to abound, be very strong’.
Notes: Bewilderingly many PIE roots compete to explain this name, like most containing ver-. Rejected candidates include *wergh- ‘to turn’, *werg-1 ‘to enclose’, and *werg-2 ‘to do, make’.
Last Edited: 18 June 2016