AttestedLandini at position 75 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  On the Roman road heading into south London, most likely in Southwark, around TQ344771.

Name origin:  From PIE *lendh- ‘open land’, referring to the first area where the banks of the Thames ceased to be marshy.

Notes: No evidence has been found for a significant settlement at London before Roman times, so its most likely name-givers were traders from the Continent (who would later be called Flemings, Frisians, or Saxons) mingling with the governor's entourage.  Much has been written about vowels A and O in Germanic languages and why London has an O where land has an A.

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