A Dictionary of British Place-Names
Oxford University Press, Oct 20, 2011 - Science
This revised edition of the Dictionary of British Place-Names includes over 17,000 engaging and informative entries, tracing the development of the featured place-names from earliest times to the present day. Included place-names range from the familiar to the obscure, among them 'Beer', 'Findlater', 'Broadbottom', and 'Great Snoring'. The A to Z entries are complemented by a detailed introductory essay discussing the chronology and development of English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish place-names, as well as an extensive bibliography, maps of Britain showing old and new boundaries, and a glossary of common elements in place-names. Also new to this edition is an appendix of recommended web links pointing to relevant online resources, thereby expanding the scope of the dictionary and providing the reader with an opportunity to explore the subject further. Both accessible and up to date, this dictionary is an ideal companion for anybody travelling around the British Isles, as well as for researchers and students with an interest in toponomy, local history, cartography, and lexicography.
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12th cent Antrim Átha Béal burh burh dative byrig burna Cambs Castle Ches church Cill Clare Cork Cumbria dative denu Derbys Derry Devon Distinguishing affixes Donegal Dorset Droim dūn E. R. Yorks East element Essex Estate associated family or followers farmstead or hamlet Farmstead or village feld ford Gaelic Galway Gleann Glos grow halh hām or hamm Hants Herefs hill Homestead or enclosure Homestead or village hyll Identical in origin island Kent Kerry Lancs lēah Leics Limerick Lincs Manorial addition Manorial affix Mayo name genitive name means nook of land Norfolk Northants Northum Notts OE pers OE tūn Offaly OFrench open land OScand Outlying farmstead Oxon pasture place names Possibly previous name Probably farmstead ridge River Shrops Sligo Somerset spring or stream stronghold Suffolk Sussex Tipperary Townland Tyrone valley Warwicks wella Welsh Westmeath wīc Wilts woman called wood or clearing Woodland clearing Worcs wudu