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Isle of White?

The correct spelling is 'Wight' rather than 'White', but why this word with its unique spelling was adopted after the Romans left is not entirely agreed on by the experts. All do agree that it was nothing to do with the colour of the white cliffs. The most popular theory seems to be that the original meaning of the word 'wight' was to 'split or divide' and related to the Island dividing the waters off Portsmouth and Southampton.

The only thing that can be said with any degree of certainty is that the Island is not spelled Isle of White!

During the occupation by the Roman Empire 50 to 400AD the Island was called 'Vectis' and the word Vectis is still much in use on the Isle of Wight today. But the name was dropped when the Romans left in the 5th Century AD.