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Welcome to 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.



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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


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M3C DTP 2016 Application Writing Workshop - Leicester

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M3C DTP 2016 Application Writing Workshop - Nottingham

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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'.
This Year

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.

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.

Congratulations to Dr Eleanor Rye!

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