A Dictionary of British Place-Names
Over 15,000 A-Z entries covering England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, make this the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of British place names available. From Abbas Combe to Zennor, it gives the meaning and origin of names of counties, towns, and villages, tracing their development from earliest times to the present day. Invaluable for anyone finding out about a local area, lexicographers and local historians alike will be fascinated by what these place-names reveal. The dictionary features an in-depth introductory essay which discusses the chronology and development of British place-names, different types of formation, and sections focusing on Irish, Welsh, and Scottish place-names. It also includes an extensive bibliography for further research, maps of Britain showing old and new boundaries, and provides a Glossary of common elements in place-names. This critically acclaimed dictionary has been described as 'an indispensable travellling companion' (Landscape History), and 'another volume for every local historian's bookshelf' (Local Historian).
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Dictionary of British PlaceNames
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12th cent addition Alternatively Antrim Baile bridge Bucks called Cambs Celtic Celtic river-name Ches church Cill Cork Cornwall Cumbria dedication Derbys Devon Distinguishing district Donegal Dorset dūn E. R. Yorks early East element enclosure English Essex Estate associated examples include family or followers farm Farmstead or village feld ford frequented Gaelic Galway Glos ground grove grow halh hamlet Hants Herefs High Highland hill Homestead Identical in origin Irish island Kent Kerry Kilkenny Lancs land later lēah Leics Lincs Little London Manorial affix marsh Mayo meaning mountain name genitive name means Norfolk North Northants Northum Notts OE pers OE tūn Open land origin OScand Outlying farmstead Oxon place-names plural pool possession Possibly Probably Probably farmstead referring ridge river settlement Shrops Somerset Staffs stone stream Stronghold Suffolk Sussex town Townland Tyrone uncertain valley Warwicks wella Welsh West Wilts wood Woodland clearing Worcs worth Yorks