Peak District Place Names
Place names in the Peak can be linked to the languages of peoples who have lived in it in past times. Nothing is certain in this area of research, but place names are static where there is continuity of occupation. Most place names in the Peak can be traced back to Anglo Saxon; few places retained the names they had before the plague and turmoil of the 6th century. The Anglo Saxons (the "English") populated the area with names we generally still use (see anglo saxon below). The list below gives examples of the major place name origins.
Anglo Saxon Place Names
nb - for a detailed analysis see: "Peak Place-Names" L.McMeeken, Halsgrove 2003
Derbyshire dialect means that many names, shown below in quotes, sound quite unlike their spellings:
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