But more ambitious etymologies of the name are not wanting. The Rev. Dr. Giles, in his history of Witney and the neighboring parishes, in Oxfordshire, says: But, if Witney received any fresh peculiarity of char acter from the Saxons, it certainly takes its name from the occupation of that busy and plodding race of men. The Witan-eye, or, as it is also written in the anglo-saxon or old English dialect, Witan-ige, evidently signifies the island of tile wise men, or of t/ze parliamenta Thus the word Witney means, etymologically, Parliament Isle, though no record has been handed down to us to tell for what reason such a name was given. There is a large house still named Parliament House, at the corner Of the Crofts Lane, which, to the minds of some, conveys a tradition concerning the etymology of the name Witney.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Stephen Whitney Phoenix
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9781528357470
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Page Count - 988
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