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How the River Thames got its name?


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2011-07-20 19:23:07
2011-07-20 19:23:07

The River is named after Thames Head which is believed to be the source although there is some doubt about whether this is the "true" source of the river several others having a claim. It is located near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The River has given it's name to Thames Valley not the other way round. Thames is derived from middle English Temes which itself comes from the Celtic Temasis meaning dark. The "h" was added in the 14th century giving it a Greek look when the Celts were incorrectly believed to have come from Greece (there is a Greek river Thyamis). It is pronounced phonetically - Temz.

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