From that, Dawson suggests that the name of the founder of the Iclingas, Icel, is not really the name of a person but is an invented name to explain Icel-ingas after the true origin of the name was forgotten.
This would make it easier for native Britons to accept them further west and would also explain the later Mercian tradition for mixing with, and allying themselves to, British elements against common Anglian foes.
The territory in the East Midlands into which the Iclingas settle is varied, and not entirely attractive.
It contains heavy clays around the lower Trent, sandy soil in Sherwood, the wolds of southern Nottinghamshire, and broken country between the Derwent and Erewash.
The earliest settlements are in the Trent valley, either close to the river or a little way along its tributaries.
An Anglo-Saxon family would often place a low wall of wood, or even a hedge around the house, rootcellar, barn, and other buildings of a homestead.
Such an arrangement would be a worig or, in modern English, a 'worthy'.
Does it reach as far as Watling Street and also feed the creation of the Ciltern Saetan in Northamptonshire?
Initially, of course, the Iclingas would be seen as nothing other than one more group of Middil Engle, one that decides not to head southwards from the Midlands, through the Vale of Aylesbury, to become Ciltern Saetan.
By this time the various Angle and Saxon peoples which have migrated westwards have formed settlements and perhaps even minor kingdoms of their own around the Midlands, of which the Iclingas are just one.
The Iclingas gradually extend the range of their power by slowly amalgamating these peoples.
This event probably suggests that they have been conquered or otherwise subjugated by the Iclingas (see the introduction for Mercia, below, for a detailed examination of this group).