Vindolanda

Attested:  in multiple Vindolanda tablets; Vindolande at position 132 in the Ravenna Cosmography; Vindolana in the Notitia Dignitatum

WhereChesterholm Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall at NY77056635.

Name originVindo is probably best translated as ‘fair, pleasant’, though its Welsh descendant gwynn has developed a primary meaning of ‘white’ and its English descendants (such as winsome) have tended more towards a sense of ‘lovely’.  The -landa part is a forerunner of Old English land or of Welsh llan ‘enclosure > churchyard > church’.

Notes:  Equivalent names include Old English wynland, Placentia, Beaulieu, Fairlawn, etc.  At Vindolanda there is nothing obviously white to fit the later Welsh interpretation.

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