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) is a river that flows through southern England, most notably through London.At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn.The same origin is shared by countless other river names, spread across Britain, such as the River Tamar at the border of Devon and Cornwall, several rivers named Tame in the Midlands and North Yorkshire, the Tavy on Dartmoor, the Team of the North East, the Teifi and Teme of Wales, the Teviot in the Scottish Borders, as well as one of the Thames' tributaries called the Thame. Jackson has proposed that the name of the Thames is not Indo-European (and of unknown meaning), Indirect evidence for the antiquity of the name 'Thames' is provided by a Roman potsherd found at Oxford, bearing the inscription Tamesubugus fecit (Tamesubugus made [this]).It is believed that Tamesubugus' name was derived from that of the river.

The marks of human activity, in some cases dating back to Pre-Roman Britain, are visible at various points along the river.

The Thames through Oxford is sometimes called the Isis.

Historically, and especially in Victorian times, gazetteers and cartographers insisted that the entire river was correctly named the Isis from its source down to Dorchester on Thames and that only from this point, where the river meets the Thame and becomes the "Thame-isis" (supposedly subsequently abbreviated to Thames) should it be so called.

Its catchment area covers a large part of South Eastern and a small part of Western England and the river is fed by 38 named tributaries. With its waters varying from freshwater to almost seawater, the Thames supports a variety of wildlife and has a number of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the largest being in the remaining parts of the North Kent Marshes and covering 5,449 hectares (13,460 acres).

recorded in Latin as Tamesis and yielding modern Welsh Tafwys "Thames".

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