One of the crucial aspects of historical onomastics is the question of place-names - how did places get their names, why have some names survived and others been forgotten, how can we trace the etymologies of these names? In England, place-names can be a complex mish-mash of 'Celtic', Latin, Old English, Old Norse and French … Continue reading Key to English Place-Names
Recently, St Cross College ran their yearly history prize. This involved, among other things, producing a plain English explanation of your current research. I thought I'd take this opportunity to share the result, and a little bit more about my research. How can we use nicknames for past societies to ask important questions about the … Continue reading What Can Nicknames Tell Us About History?