AttestedCoantia at position 249 in the Ravenna Cosmography among its series of harbour estuaries

Where:  One or more rivers flowing Morecambe Bay.  The river Kent leads to the Roman fort of Medibogdo (which possibly has an alternative name of Alone) at Watercrook, near Kendal, but so also may rivers leading to Galava, Galluvio, and Caluvio, so maybe Coantia refers to the whole bay.

Name originCoantia can be naively analysed as a compound of the Latin prefix co- ‘together’ plus *antia, from a word similar to Greek αντια ‘opposite’ (feminine), which is seen also in many river names such as Aventio.

Name origin:  Rivet & Smith pointed out that the modern name Kent looks like a descendant of an earlier form similar to Cunetio, but that is most likely to have arisen from Roman adjustment of river courses upstream at Watercrook.  See here for a discussion of the basins of the rivers Kent, Leven, Lune, and Wyre.  The Kent itself is boosted by several significant rivers, including the Gilpin, Bela, and Winster.

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