Vindomi

AttestedVindomi on iter 15 of the Antonine Itinerary (accidentally duplicated in iter 12)

WhereHolybourne Roman settlement (often misdescribed as Neatham) at SU740412 where the Roman road from Chichester to Silchester intersected the Roman road of iter 15, and where a stream flowed from a source by the door of the church towards the river Wey.

Name originVind- meant something like ‘water meadows’, referring to the floodplain of the winding river Wey into which the stream flows.  The -omi part represents the spring, from an ancient word for flowing water described under omire tedertis.

Notes:  It is possible that this spring was sacred before Christian times, much like the spring in France with a Gallo-Roman statue to Apollo Vindonnus, but there is no reason to think that Vind- meant ‘pure, shining, sacred’, as commonly claimed.  A previous suggestion here that Vindo- meant ‘pleasant’ plus an element related to Latin meo ‘to go’, from PIE *mei- , no longer looks good.

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