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Welcome to the INS

The Institute for Name‑Studies (INS) is the home of research into place‑names and personal names at the University of Nottingham.

The English Place‑Name Society (EPNS) is the established national body for the subject; its offices and library are housed in the Institute.



Arts and Humanities Masters studentships for 2017 entry

Deadline for applications: 25 April 2017



The INS was established as an umbrella organisation for the research activities of the EPNS and name-studies scholars at the University of Nottingham.

The INS conducts numerous research projects into the origins and meanings of names and place-names, derived from English, Norse, British Celtic, French, and Latin languages. It also provides high-quality resources for both the study and analysis of place-names, which are used by historians, linguists, and geographers alike.

There are many study opportunities relating to the INS for higher education students of all levels

Current Research

The Place-Names of Shropshire

This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring to completion a long-term study of Shropshire place-names begun by Dr Margaret Gelling, former president of the EPNS and one of the subject's leading exponents of the last fifty years.

Before her death in 2009, Gelling had published around half the county in five volumes, with a sixth almost complete and now published. In six further volumes, we aim to cover the remainder of the county and to provide a full introduction to the completed survey.

The Place-Names of Shropshire project began in January 2013 and is set to run until January 2017. It is a collaborative venture with the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), University of Wales.

The survey will be published by the EPNS.


Study With Us

Interested in name-studies? The INS at the University of Nottingham is a leading specialist in the study of place-names and personal names.

Students can specialise in name-studies at undergraduate,
masters, and doctoral level


Please visit us again soon for more upcoming events.


4 weeks ago

Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships for 2017 entry

Applications for Midlands3Cities funding for commencement of Masters study in 2017 are now open. These financial awards are for students wishing to pursue a full-time on-site Masters over a maximum period of one year.
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6 weeks ago

Research Scholarship funding for MA and PhD students for 2017/18

Research Scholarship funding is available from the School of English for Masters and PhD students for 2017/18 entry.

Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands

The CSVA receives funding to support a British Museum Vikings exhibition coming to Nottingham in November.
Last Year

PhD opportunity working with manuscripts and special collections

PhD opportunity working with manuscripts and special collections
New PhD studentship in the Faculty of Arts to study our manuscripts and special collections.

Gelling and Cole photos now available online

Photographs of landscape features taken by Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole are now available online.

AHRC PhD funding application deadline: 16 January 2017

Applications for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Partnership AHRC funding for commencement of PhD study in 2017 are now open. Choose from three workshops in November to assist with your application.

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016
The University of Nottingham's results for the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) are in. The results are the University's best to date and its strongest year-on-year improvement since the NSS began in 2005. School of English scored 94% for 'overall satisfaction'.

New article by Dr John Baker

An article by John Baker, 'Old English s?te and s?tan', has been published in the latest volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society. This article surveys the use of these elements, especially in plural compounds, and examines their distribution.

67th International Sachsensymposion

Some of the 'Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England' team will be attending the 67th International Sachsensymposion in Antwerp, Belgium. Andrew Reynolds will be presenting an overview of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project, and Eleanor Rye will be talking about place-name evidence for travel in the early medieval Humber region.

Congratulations to Dr Eleanor Rye!

Ellie Rye graduated with a PhD in English Studies on 12 July.

Appointment of Peter McClure as Honorary Professor of Name-Studies

The INS is delighted to announce the forthcoming appointment of Dr Peter McClure as Honorary Professor within the Institute for Name-Studies.

Leeds IMC

The INS had a session at this year's International Medieval Congress, entitled 'Productive Ground: place-names and the landscapes of food provision'. It was chaired by Jayne Carroll and featured papers by Rebecca Gregory, Eleanor Rye and John Baker.

Network X

Jayne Carroll represented the Institute for Name-Studies at the Centre for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, at its second annual Text Technologies Collegium.

Members of the INS attend the SNSBI Spring Conference

Members of the Institute for Name-Studies attended the 25th Spring Conference of the SNSBI (Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland) at Maynooth University, Ireland. Three members of the INS gave papers at the conference.

Rebecca Gregory elected member of the SNSBI Committee

Congratulations to Rebecca Gregory, who was nominated and accepted as an Ordinary Member of the committee of the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland

Travel and Communication team attend the SNSBI Spring Conference

Members of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England team attended the 25th Spring Conference of the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland at Maynooth University, Ireland.

Norse in the North

Kat Whitehouse gave a paper entitled 'The Viking translation of place in South Yorkshire major names' at the annual Norse in the North conference.

MA field-trip to Appleby Magna, Leicestershire

Students of place-names following the MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies completed a place-names walk, taking in the four counties of Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire.

Fieldwork on Offa's Dyke

Fieldwork on Offa's Dyke
Members of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project carried out fieldwork on Offa's Dyke (Herefordshire, Powys, Shropshire) between 31st May and 4th June 2016.
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