Attested: Elaviana at position 286 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: An island off W Scotland, almost certainly Jura, to fit the Cosmography's sequence of names and likely name meaning.
Name origin: From ελαφος ‘deer’, Jura has many more red deer than people, and its name is claimed to come from Old Norse dýr ‘animals’.
Notes: Deer have been present on many Scottish Islands since Stone Age times, possibly actively shipped by humans. A previous guess at Islay now seems wrong. For a general discussion of Scottish islands see here.
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