Institute for Name-Studies
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Name-Studies resources

The INS reference library is located in the Trent Building and is open to staff and students as well as members of the EPNS. It holds a wide range of key monographs and journals in name-studies and related disciplines as well as important unpublished manuscripts.

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

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Finding medieval landscape names

Resources to help find landscape names in medieval conveyance charters.

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Journal of The English Place-Name Society

Published at the University of Nottingham by the EPNS.

Close up image of a digital map. A banner across the image reads 'Discover the origin of the place-name'. In a white speech bubble partially obscuring the map behind, further text reads "Aylesby. 'Ali's farm/settlement. Elements and their meanings: pers.n. (Old Norse) personal name. by (Old Norse) A farmstead, a village."

Key to English Place-Names (KEPN)

A searchable guide to the interpretation of the names of England's settlements.

A rough line map of Norbury, showing the various roads, field boundaries and local topographic features.

Learning the Landscape through Language

Place-name resource website developed for schools in Shropshire.

Drawn map of the UK with counties depicted in different colours

Survey of English place-names

A digitised version of the Survey for English Place-Names, an established resource for historians, linguists and geographers, created in collaboration with the EPNS.

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Vocabulary of English Place-Names

A dictionary providing further information on the words that make up England's place-names.



Further resources hosted outside the University:

The Historical Gazetteer.

This useful resource brings the Survey of English Place-Names into the digital realm.

Visit the Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names

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