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

Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England

The Travel and Communications project is a three-year interdisciplinary research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust investigating travel and communications in Anglo-Saxon England.

The project, a collaborative venture between the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham, runs from November 2014 and teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars.  The project team are working to reconstruct Anglo-Saxon England’s overland route-system (and its intersections with the riverine route-system) using textual, landscape archaeological, and onomastic evidence.

Despite its evident importance for understanding several aspects of Anglo-Saxon society, including warfare, commerce and polity formation and extent, the Anglo-Saxon routeway network has not previously been investigated in detail at the national level. There is therefore much that is uncertain about the routeway network during the period.

It has often been assumed that the Roman road network remained in use throughout the Anglo-Saxon period; consequently, travel in Anglo-Saxon England is often discussed in relation to the Roman road network. However, as the majority of the known Roman roads did not survive into use in the early modern period, it is highly likely that some of these roads went out of use during the Anglo-Saxon period. Conversely, some of the non-Roman roads in use by the early modern period may have come into usage during the Anglo-Saxon period.

By combining archaeological, place-name and charter evidence, the project will shed light on the routeways that were in use during the Anglo-Saxon period. This will be made publicly available in a GIS-generated Online Atlas of the Anglo-Saxon route-system.

 

The Staffordshire Place-Name Project

Work has recently begun to restart the county place-name survey for Staffordshire. The first volume of the English Place-Name Society survey was published in 1984 but its editor, J. P. Oakden, unfortunately passed away before any further volumes were completed.

The INS is now running a volunteer study group, based at the Staffordshire Record Office, which is collecting historic place-name forms from documents held in Stafford.

The project has been running since February 2017, with a regular group of volunteers meeting on a weekly basis at the Staffordshire Record Office. The project was launched with a study day on 4 February, and a second study day is planned in July. Data collected during the project will be used in the completion of the EPNS survey of Staffordshire.

The project has a website, Twitter feed and Facebook page which are regularly updated with news and information.

 

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.

AGM of the English Place-Name Society 2017

AGM of the English Place-Name Society 2017
Date
19/09/2017
Description
The AGM of the English Place-Name Society will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the offices of the British Academy (10–11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH). The AGM will be followed by a lecture given by Dr Richard Jones of the Centre for English Local History, entitled "Old English place-names and the communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge".

Public lecture: Old English place-names and the communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Date
19/09/2017
Description
A public lecture, "Old English place-names and the communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge", will be given by Dr Richard Jones of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. This free event is open to all.
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News

7 weeks ago

English is one of the top ranked subjects for graduate earnings after five years

English is one of the top ranked subjects for graduate earnings after five years
Description
University of Nottingham graduates earn above average salaries according to new data.
9 weeks ago

Viking Congress in Denmark

Description
CSVA members Judith Jesch, Christina Lee and Eleanor Rye will be presenting at the 18th Viking Congress in Copenhagen and Ribe, Denmark, in August.
10 weeks ago

Jess Treacher receives INS studentship

Description
Congratulations to Jess Treacher, who has been awarded the INS studentship for the duration of her PhD research which begins next academic year.

Josh Neal receives AHRC Midlands3Cities PhD funding

Description
?Congratulations to Josh Neal, who will be beginning a PhD project next academic year funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
11 weeks ago

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights
Description
Take a look at all the best moments of this year's (2017) student English Showcase. A huge well done to everybody who took part! #ShowOff17

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017
Description
On Thursday 11th May, some of our PhD students took up the opportunity to present their research to fellow colleagues and academics. Visit our media gallery to see how the day went. Well done to all our research students who took part and presented at the PGR Symposium!
This Year

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.

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.

Names and History conference - call for papers

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

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.

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.
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