Institute for Name-Studies
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About the INS

The Institute for Name-Studies (INS) was established as an umbrella organisation for the research activities of the EPNS and name-studies scholars at the University of Nottingham. It has a specialist library within the School of English.

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


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.

INS researchers collaborate with internal and external partners on a range of interdisciplinary projects, exploring the potential of place-names to further understanding of the historical development of society, landscape and environment. 

Find out more about the many study opportunities relating to the INS for higher education students of all levels



Collaborative Partners

Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS)Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester English Place-Name Society (EPNS)Shropshire Archives Shropshire Hills AONB PartnershipStaffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive ServiceUniversity College London (UCL)


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School of English

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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