An authoritative dictionary of the meanings and derivations of Welsh place-names. The first of its kind in Wales, this volume deals with most of the place-names of Wales as well as prominent features of the landscape. Also includes an invaluable glossary of the place-name elements. First published in November 2007.
Publisher: Gomer Press
Number of pages: 506
Weight: 1070 g
Dimensions: 252 x 160 x 48 mm
PUZZLED BY PLACE-NAMES? Where would you find Man-Moel and Miskin? Whats the meaning of Llanwinio? Whats the history of the name Sebastopol? Who was Dona in the name Llanddona? Did you know that two blacksmith brothers worked so rapidly in Staylittle that travellers need only stay a little? Have you ever wondered about the place-names in Wales? Do you know the true meaning of every mountain and river in your area? If you would like an explanation for every village and town, and much more, the new book, Dictionary of the Place-Names of Wales, would be perfect for you. A place name belongs to a unique part of the earth surface, and by understanding the meaning of the name, we have information on the nature of the place, a glimpse of the history of the people who lived there, and an insight into the way the Welsh thought about themselves and their country over the centuries. With the assistance of over 300,000 research notes made by Professor Melville Richards, the authors, Hywel Wyn Owen and Richard Morgan, meticulously researched and gathered everything together. They spent seven years on the project in Bangor University. The work in this new book fulfils a long-awaited need for an authoritative dictionary of the place-names for the whole of Wales, with names for rivers, mountains and notable coastal features also being included. In the words of Professor Gwynedd O Pierce, The publication of this dictionary is a milestone in the history of Welsh place-name studies. You could browse in search of the strangest, most eccentric names or, of course, look for the places that are dear to you. Theres a wealth of amusing tales about the derivation of some of the names, some entirely unexpected. As Hywel Wyn Owen himself said, The glory of this volume is that it can clearly show the original derivations of the names, by using the best evidence there is. Richard Morgan explains about his inspiration to write this book: I was born in Wrexham where Welsh and English place names are mixed together. That was the source of my interest. Over the years, I have met many people - academics and general people - interested in the subject, but there wasnt any book which could answer their questions. Hywel Wyn Owen also said that there was a need for such a book, because theres a wealth of information and a marvellous interest in Wales and beyond in place names and their significance. -- Gwasg Gomer
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