Place name constituents - Summary
|From:||Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 10:36|
On request of a list member who contacted me offlist, here
is a list of what I have collected so far with the list's
help regarding parts of place names that occur very often or
are likely to occur. There may exist several different terms
for each entry, e.g. German has 'Schloss' and 'Burg' for
'castle' (although English also has -burg(h)). Note that a
language doesn't need to use all of the words listed below!
loan (-boro(ugh) related to 'to borrow'?)
reach (stretch of the shore or of a river)
upon, beside, near, along, etc.
where rivers meet (don't know if there's a term for that)
Of course, it is not necessary to use these. Any special
property of the area can be used as well as a standalone
name, as the posting by Falcata showed. There may also be
descriptive names like "Land's End" of course. Sometimes, an
etymology is barely recognizable due to the many people
having lived there. The meanings above also may be stacked.
Repetitions like in 'Mainstreet Bridge Road' also occur in
real life. I don't know whether place names can also be
victim to this, but it can happen that a place actually may
be called 'Fordfordfordford' due to a couple of people
having lived there who took over the previous name of the
place and added a 'ford' because there is a ford nearby -- a
hypothetical village in GB might thus be called _Sidgeyford_
from Pseudo-Germ. **'sigt', shallow + French 'gué', ford +
Hope this helps you.
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