The name of the Hwicce: A discussion

Coates, R. (2013) The name of the Hwicce: A discussion. Anglo-Saxon England, 42. pp. 51-61. ISSN 0263-6751 Available from:

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This article presents the evidence for the Anglo-Saxon ethnic name Hwicce borne by a people of the south-west Midlands, and reviews previous unsatisfactory attempts to explain it. It appears to be probably of British Celtic origin, and an etymology in two variants, consistent in etymological meaning with that of other early ethnonyms, is suggested.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in Anglo-Saxon England, December 2013. The published version can be found online at
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, tribal name, Hwicce, origin, etymology
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Depositing User: Professor R. Coates
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 09:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 18:23


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