Names of towns and villages all mean something. In England, many places have Anglo Saxon names. For example; BIRMINGHAM comes from BEORMA (a person’s name) + INGA (family or tribe) + HA (homestead). So BIRMINGHAM simply means “Homestead of Beorma’s tribe.”
Here are some Anglo Saxon words and their meanings. The spellings have been simplified!
|DEN or DENE||valley or hollow|
|FLEET||creek or inlet|
|BURY or BOROUGH||fortification|
|LEE, LEIGH or LEY||meadow or field|
|MOR or MOOR||wasteland|
|WAL or WALSH||native Britons|
|WICK||old farming settlement|
|STOWE||important meeting place|
|TUN/TON||village or town|
Some words have survived unchanged, or been updated:- WELL, BRIDGE, SAND, FORD, STONE and NEW etc all feature in English names.
Now see if you can “translate” the following place-names. Hover over the place name for the answer.
ALDBOROUGH – ASKHAM – BARWICK – BEWERLEY – BURNHAM – CARLTON – MORLEY – SANDBACH – FLEETHAM – WAINFLEET – WALDEN – WALSHFORD – STOWMARKET – STONYHURST – TONBRIDGE
NB: Place-names can be confusing. MOUSEHOLE in Cornwall really does mean “mousehole”, but MUCKING in Essex has nothing to do with mucking about! It means “Place of Mucca’s Tribe”.
Attention all members who pay their annual subscription by bank transf... Read more
Due to ongoing problems with the Paypal facility, those wishing to pur... Read more
If you are looking for a particular article from any of the Sum... Read more
If any members would like a more active role in the running and shapin... Read more
If you have paid for membership recently (and not so recently, as ... Read more