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Scandinavian Placenames

This guide is designed to help you understand more about the role of Scandinavian languages in the origins of place names in Britain. It comprises:

You can download it as an eBook:

Guide to Scandinavian origins of place names in Britain

In the glossary, the examples given are drawn from Orkney and Shetland, since in those areas, the Scandinavian origins have been comparatively little changed by later language influences. However, the same Scandinavian influences are present in place names in many parts of Britain.

We also publish guides to how place names have been influenced by the Welsh, Scots and Gaelic languages.

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