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Request Jan. 13th, 2003 05:09 pm
Does anyone know of an online reference for the etymology of UK place names?

From: dennyd
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 09:20 am (Link)
Is this the sort of thing you're looking for?
http://www.btinternet.com/~PBenyon/Misc/Etymology.html

...or did you want something that lists the place names and then analyses them, rather than listing the components?
From: wechsler
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 09:24 am (Link)
Something that gives the whole etymology, rather than components.
From: alixandrea
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 10:15 am (Link)
Ooh, what an interesting query! :-) I know a little bit about the subject, so _may_ be able to help you if its a specific place you're querying. Other than that, I'd like to know if such a website exists as well, the whole subject fascinates me (serves me right for being brought up in Bishop's Stortford! ;-) )
From: vyvyan
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 10:54 am (Link)
Try http://www.xrefer.com/ and search under the "place names" topic heading for individual UK locations; seems quite good to me on limited testing :-)

From: wechsler
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 10:57 am (Link)
Excellent! Many thanks :)

(This is part of why I *love* LJ ;)
From: vyvyan
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 10:59 am (Link)
Oh, only does English ones rather than all UK. May still be useful to you (finds Bishop's Stortford, for instance :-)
From: valkyriekaren
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 11:07 am (Link)
doesn't come up for anything useful for basingstoke, which is one I've often wondered about (I assume that the 'basing' part of it is a tribal name (cf. Hastings etc), but I can't work out the 'toke' or 'stoke' part.
From: vyvyan
Date: January 13th, 2003 - 12:05 pm (Link)
Er, it gives me an etymology for Basingstoke!
"Basingastoc 990, Basingestoches 1086 (Domesday Book). `Secondary settlement or outlying farmstead of the family or followers of a man called *Basa'. Old English personal name + -inga- + stoc." (A Dictionary of English Place-Names, OUP...)
And indeed, my Old English dictionary lists generally for "stoc": place, house, dwelling.
I wonder why it didn't bring up the listing for you?