Monday, December 09, 2013

The Meaning of Town Names


The Key to English Place Names is a fascinating Google Map from the University of Nottingham that reveals the meanings behind English place names.

Just enter a town or city name into the search box and its location will be displayed on the map. The name's meaning and a break-down of the different parts of the name and the language(s) of those elements are displayed in the map marker's information window.

The only thing I found disappointing with this map was that the meaning behind the name of the Cumberland town of 'Cockermouth' was not as exciting as I had hoped.
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