INS
Institute for Name-Studies
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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.

 

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Overview

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 ran from January 2013 to 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

Events

ICOS 2017

ICOS 2017
Date
27/08/2017 - 01/09/2017
Description
?The XXVI International Congress of Onomastic Sciences will be held from 27 August–1 September 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Members of the Institute for Name-Studies will be presenting papers.

In the Name of History conference

Date
05/09/2017
Description
A conference exploring new approaches to names as historical sources will take place on 5 September 2017 at the University of Sheffield.
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News

Last Week

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched
Description
The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. A prize of £250 will be awarded annually for the best submission, and £100 for the runner-up.

Treble 20 - high scores in league tables

Treble 20 - high scores in league tables
Description
Treble-top! We're ranked in the top 20 by three major guides.

First meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory

First meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory
Description
Dr John Baker took part in the first meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory on 28 April 2017.

Talk on surname origins

Talk on surname origins
Description
Following the recent publication of the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, Prof. Peter McClure of the INS was invited by the thirty Directors and CEOs of INEOS, the international petro-chemicals company, to talk to them at their London headquarters about their own surname histories.

Talk on place-names in Market Bosworth

Description
Dr John Baker gave a talk on place-names to an audience of schoolchildren, teachers and local residents at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth.

Talk to the Romsey history group

Description
On 11 April 2017 Dr John Baker gave a talk about place-name methodology to the Romsey history group in Winchester.

Names and History conference - call for papers

Description
A call for papers has been released for a conference on names as historical sources.

Staffordshire History Day 2017

Description
Jayne Carroll and Becca Gregory attended the annual Staffordshire History Day on 6 May 2017, representing the English Place-Name Society and the Staffordshire Place-Name Project.

Talk to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group

Talk to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group
Description
Becca Gregory gave a talk on place-names in Nottinghamshire to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group.
7 weeks ago

SNSBI Spring Conference 2017

Description
Members of the INS attended the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland annual spring conference in Milton, Oxfordshire.

John Baker elected member of the SNSBI committee

Description
Congratulations to Dr John Baker, who was nominated and accepted as an Ordinary Member of the committee of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

Dr Carroll and Dr Baker elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries

Dr Carroll and Dr Baker elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries
Description
On 16 February 2017, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker of the Institute for Name-Studies were formally admitted as Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Staffordshire Place-Name Project launched

Description
?An exciting new volunteer project has been launched in conjunction with the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service to restart collection of Staffordshire place-name material for use in the EPNS county survey.
9 weeks ago

English at Nottingham in the global top 50 subject ranking

Description
School of English achieves 49th position for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
This Year

The Place-Names of Leicestershire, Part 7

Description
Part 7 of The Place-Names of Leicestershire, by Barrie Cox, is now available.

Journal 47 published

Description
The 47th volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society is now available, and has been distributed to EPNS members. It contains peer-reviewed articles and reviews of publications which may be of interest to the society's members.

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

Description
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

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

Gelling and Cole photos now available online

Description
Photographs of landscape features taken by Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole are now available online.
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email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk