Vernalis

Attested:  RC 2x Vernilis, 1x Vernalis

Where:  Somewhere in Cornwall, probably Penwith, the far southwest peninsula.

Name origin:  Latin vernilis ‘servile’ is hard to relate to any place name.  So, it is tempting to amend the name to *Vectis and declare that applicable to many islands, not only the Isle of Wight, but here St. Michael’s Mount, being Pliny’s Mictim and Diodorus Siculus’ Ικτιν.  However, Latin vernalis ‘of spring’ fits one RC manuscript spelling and also fits west Cornwall, which experiences spring earlier than anywhere else in Britain.

Notes:  Cornwall’s important daffodil industry is a testament to its early spring.

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Last Edited: 11 August 2016