Friday 24 May 2024

The name Thanet, how old is it?

Julius Solinus, writing between 300AD and 350AD, is the first of the Roman writers, who mentions it by the name of Athanaton and Thanaton. The Saxons afterwards called it Teneth, and Tenetlonde,

Change of language, and length of time, it has been softened it to Thanet, as it is called at present.

As you can see, here at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate I have been reading some of our Thanet local history books.

On With the name Thanet. The following pictures are pages from the 1736 edition of John Lewis's The History and Antiquities as well Ecclesiastical as Civil of the Isle of Tenet, in Kent. We do a cheap paper edition of this. Here is the link 

The pictures of the pages should expand for reading with a bit of clicking and I hope you can see that trying to work out the origin of the name Thanet is a bit of a non starter. 

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