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Meaning & History
A river in Northeast England. The precise origin of name is not known for sure. But, given that it is one of Britain's major rivers, several theories have emerged:
The most likely is that it is Brythonic and possibly from a word equivalent with Welsh tes
, 'sunshine, haze'. If named using these words, it may have meant 'the hazy river' or 'the shining river'.
It is less likely that it comes from a pre-Indo-European word. The pre-Indo-European languages of Britain are shrouded in mystery and have no known relation to any modern languages.