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The afterlives of Bede’s tribal names in English place-names

Carroll, Jayne; Baker, John


Professor of Early English and Name-Studies

Associate Professor


Langlands Alexander James

Lavelle Ryan


Bede famously traced the origins of the Anglo-Saxons back to three of the strongest Germanic “tribes”:

They came from three very powerful Germanic tribes [de tribus Germaniae populis fortioribus], the Saxons [Saxonibus], Angles [Anglis], and Jutes [Iutis]. The people of Kent and the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight are of Jutish origin and also those opposite the Isle of Wight, that part of the kingdom of Wessex which is still today called the nation of the Jutes. From the Saxon country, that is, the district now known as Old Saxony, came the East Saxons, the South Saxons, and the West Saxons. Besides this, from the country of the Angles, that is the land between the kingdoms of the Jutes and the Saxons, which is called Angulus, came the East Angles, the Middle Angles, the Mercians, and all the Northumbrian race (that is those people who dwell north of the river Humber) as well as the other Anglian tribes.1

Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 28, 2020
Publication Date Apr 28, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2019
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 112–153
Book Title Land of the English Kin: Studies of Wessex and Anglo-Saxon England in Honour of Barbara Yorke
Chapter Number 6
ISBN 9789004349490
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