AttestedEsica at position 150 in the Ravenna Cosmography and on the Amiens Patera; Aesica in the Notitia Dignitatum

Where:  Roman fort at Great Chesters NY704667 on Hadrian's Wall

Name origin:  An adjective derived from Esus or Aesus, which “comes from a widely distributed and very ancient European religious idiom, probably of Bronze-Age descent and long propagated in shared oral religious traditions in Italy, Gaul, Britain and Germany” (Nash Briggs, 2011).  Probably from PIE *(e)su- ‘good’.

Notes:  ESICO on Icenian coins is a “theophoric personal name or title of office”, which is “unrecorded in any linguistically Celtic context, but it and several other very similar names are liberally attested in early Germanic literary and inscriptional contexts”.  See also Ansehis.

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