A Dictionary of British Place-Names

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OUP Oxford, Oct 20, 2011 - Reference - 532 pages
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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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Strange I have copy of this book and it's English place names. 388p. He must have extended it but another 150 pages couldn't have taken in the whole of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland!

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Somewhat useful. However, I have found at least 15 incorrect meanings for village names within a 12 mile radius of my house. This maybe because the author has simply regurgitated the meanings given by so called historians and archeologists (usually by attributing the name of a random unknown person rather than looking at the landscape) instead of making a serious study of how anglo-saxons used language to describe places.  

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Dictionary of British Place Names
Glossary of Some Common Elements in British Place Names
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About the author (2011)

David Mills is Emeritus Reader in English, University of London, and a member of the Council of the English Place Name Society and of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and in Ireland. Other publications include A Dictionary of London Place-Names (Oxford University Press, 2010), Place-Names of
the Isle of Wight: Their Origins and Meanings (Paul Watkins Publishing, 1996), and The Place-Names of Dorset (English Place-Name Society, 4 volumes 1977-2010).

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