The Britophile’s favourite British town names

The Britophile’s favourite British town names

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Blogger Melissa is enamoured with all things British, and turns her eye this week to its many funny place names.

Lately I've become more and more fascinated with British town names. Some of them are so unique and colourful they make you stop and think "Where in the blankety blank did that name come from?"

Of course, many are ancient and from Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Celtic or Roman origins, for instance, London was called Londinium by the Romans and then some clever so-and-so came along and shortened it. Phew! Britain is also known for having some of the rudest place names on the planet. I posted about some of them last year.

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favourite town names. Try looking on the town's website or Wikipedia entry so you can learn more about the town and the name's origins.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite town names are. I'm sure someone will come up with one I've never heard of and maybe I can expand upon my list.

My top 20 British town names
  1. Weston-super-Mare (Should be a superhero's name.)
  2. Royal Leamington Spa (Sounds divine, doesn't it?)
  3. Shitlington (High or Low, I live here, most days.)
  4. Chipping Sodbury
  5. Cockermouth (*cough*)
  6. Great Badminton
  7. Foulness
  8. Ham with Hatch
  9. Husbands Bosworth (Sounds like his naughty bits.)
  10. Cleobury Mortimer
  11. Giggleswick
  12. High Wycombe
  13. Sexhow (Seriously.)
  14. Sixpenny Handley
  15. Great Snoring
  16. Southend on Sea (or "Saffend.")
  17. Pleasington (It's nice here.)
  18. Pitlochry
  19. Muck (Literally means "Island of swine.")
  20. Freaks Ground

While I'm at it, I thought I would mention that my favourite name for a football club is Accrington Stanley. (Notice, I said my favourite NAME, not my favourite team. Settle down!) I first heard of Accrington Stanley in this now infamous 1980's milk advert. It still makes me chuckle.

(Just so you know, Ian Rush was one of the top strikers in the 1980's. Accrington Stanley F. C. plays in Football League Two but they were not very well known at the time of this advert.) 



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Melissa, an American with an insatiable appetite for all things British, shares her passion for her former adopted country in her blog Smitten by Britain. Visit her there to share your comments and favourites!

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