Attested: Vindomi on iter 15 of the Antonine Itinerary (accidentally duplicated in iter 12)
Where: Holybourne Roman settlement (often misdescribed as Neatham) at SU740412 where the Roman road from Chichester to Silchester intersected the Roman road of iter 15, and where a stream flowed from a source by the door of the church towards the river Wey.
Name origin: Vind- meant something like ‘water meadows’, referring to the floodplain of the winding river Wey into which the stream flows. The -omi part represents the spring, from an ancient word for flowing water described under omire tedertis.
Notes: It is possible that this spring was sacred before Christian times, much like the spring in France with a Gallo-Roman statue to Apollo Vindonnus, but there is no reason to think that Vind- meant ‘pure, shining, sacred’, as commonly claimed. A previous suggestion here that Vindo- meant ‘pleasant’ plus an element related to Latin meo ‘to go’, from PIE *mei- , no longer looks good.
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