Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,21 Σιμενοι with one πολις at Ουεντα.

Where:  These people, otherwise known as Iceni, appear to have occupied modern Norfolk plus parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, with their central place Venta Icenorum at modern Caistor St. Edmund, near Norwich.

Name origin:  Greek σιμος ‘snub-nosed‘, which passsed into Latin as simus, clearly describes the round bulge of Norfolk sticking out into the North Sea.

Notes:  Ptolemy's name was coined by outsiders, presumably on ships offshore, whereas the name Iceni might be a self-designation by local people.

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