The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English-Place Names by Eilert Ekwall

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English-Place Names by Eilert Ekwall lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Reference section.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984, Hardback in dust wrapper.

4th (revised) edition, 9th printing [First Published: 1936]

From the cover: Ekwalls Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names was first published in 1936 and has become the standard work of reference on English place-name etymology. This edition, the fourth, gives the historical and modern forms of over 10,000 place-names, together with explanations of their meaning. The dictionary embraces names of the country, of the counties and other important divisions, towns, parishes, villages, some names of estates and hamlets, even farms whose names are old and etymologically interesting, rivers, lakes also names of capes, hills, and bays for which early material is available.

The Introduction explains the principles guiding research into place-names, and describes the various threads English, Celtic, Scandinavian, Latin, and French that make up the pattern in England. It also points out how a study of place-names can enhance our historical sense of an area by providing us with information about such matters as antiquities, religious beliefs, folklore, changes in population, and social conditions generally.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XLIX] 546 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.


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