Οκελου ακρον

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,6  Οκελου (or Οκαιλου) ακρον

Where:  Spurn Head, across the mouth of the Humber estuary, at TA397103.

Name originOcelus ‘lookout’ probably assimilated to Latin ocellus ‘little eye’.

Notes:  Rivet & Smith mentioned Flamborough Head as another possibility, but Ptolemy's coordinates definitely point some way south-west, to Spurn Head.  Ptolemy listed an Οκηλις as a promontory/peninsula source of fresh water for mariners in the south of the Red Sea, which Bukharin reckoned was named ‘QL in a Semitic language and is now the island called Halba Desēt of Eritrea.

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