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Meaning & History
A river in North-East England. Its meaning is unknown, but some sources relate it to a word in a local Celtic or pre-Celtic language *tei-*
, meaning 'river'. However, the evidence for the existence of such a word is insufficient.
It's worth noting the similarity between Tyne
and the Welsh tân
, 'fire', which could have been used to describe the reddish-brown color of the river.
It has also been suggested that Tyne
derives from a Brythonic derivative of Indo-European *teihx
The obscure Brythonic river-naming term *ti-
has also been used to explain the various rivers of this name in England and Scotland.