Originally published in 2004, this alphabetical dictionary is a
major reference work, based on the archives of the English
Place-Name Society and reflecting the scholarship in the subject,
of all the names of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, rivers,
streams, hills and other geographical locations included in the
Ordnance Survey Road Atlas of Great Britain (1983). It provides a
reflection of contemporary England, not just its historical past.
Every place-name entry has a unique National Grid reference number,
a list of historical spellings, the age and meaning of the name and
its etymology (pre-Indo-European, Indo-European, Celtic, Primitive
Welsh, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Old French, Middle English, Modern
English). Where appropriate, a commentary is provided on comparable
names, on the problems, history and significance of the name for
settlement, economic and social history, the development of the
language and on its variant pronunciations and spellings.
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