English Place-Name Society
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The English
Place-Name Society

The English Place-Name Society (EPNS) was established in 1923 to conduct a county-by-county survey of the place-names of England. The first county survey of Buckinghamshire appeared in 1925.

To date, the Survey has produced 91 volumes, the most recent being The Place-Names of Leicestershire Part VII, published in 2016. Almost all English counties have been surveyed at least in part and work to complete the Survey is ongoing.

The Survey is used by researchers, academics, and those interested in the origins, meaning, and significance of English place-names.





The Society always welcomes new members, both personal and institutional.

In return for the annual subscription, full members receive free of charge the current issue of the Journal as well as the volume of the Survey allocated to that year's subscription. They are entitled to a concessionary price on any other available volume of the Survey.

Associate members receive the Journal, and have some options on the Survey volumes.

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Names and History conference - call for papers

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

Staffordshire History Day 2017

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

Becca Gregory gave a talk on place-names in Nottinghamshire to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group.
Dr Carroll and Dr Baker elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries

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

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

?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.
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For subscription, membership and general enquiries, please contact:

Mrs Christine Hickling
School of English
The University of Nottingham

Tel: 0115 951 5919

Email: Email

Professor Richard Coates

Honorary Secretary: 
Dr Jayne Carroll


English Place-Name Society

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk