Γαδηνοι

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,10  Γαδηνοι (not in all manuscripts)  Often quoted in Latinised form as Gadeni.

Where:  People in the Scottish borders, possibly around Jedburgh.

Name Origin:  Probably a scribal error for the Ωταδινοι.  PIE *ghedh- ‘to unite, to join’ developed strongly in Germanic languages, for example to Flemish gaden ‘to please, to belong with’ and to English gather.

Notes:  The element Caed-, which was common in Anglo-Saxon personal names (but often alleged to come from a Celtic root meaning ‘battle’) and one of the twelve tribes of Israel called Gad have been mentioned as possibly related.

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