EBK Activity Sheets


Working out who lived where

Here are some parts of place-names found in Great Britain and what they mean. Some of them are are in the British Language called 'Brythonic'. Some are in the Saxon Language called 'Old English'. Do you recognise any of the examples? Can you find places near you which include these words? Do you think the British or the Saxons lived in your area?

Modern Brythonic Example Early English Example
Big Mawr Moelwyn Mawr Great Great Yarmouth
Bridge Pont Pontypridd Bridge Cambridge
Church Eglos Eccleshall Church Christchurch
Church Enclosure Llan Llandeilo    
Clearing Llanerch Llanerchymedd Ley Bramley
Farm     Ton Pocklington
Field Maes Maesteg Field Huddersfield
Ford Rhyd Rhydyfelin Ford Hereford
Forest Coed Betws-y-Coed Hag Haigh
Fort Din Dinbych Bury Ramsbury
Grave Bedd Beddgelert Low Taplow
Harbour Porth Porthmadog Port Portsmouth
Headland Pen Pentraeth Point Hartland Point
Hill Bre Breedon Don Breedon
Island Ynys Ynys Byr Eye Witney
King's Teyrn Tintern King Kingston
Lake Llyn Llyn Ogwen Mere Windermere
Moor Rhos Rhosgoch Moor Dartmoor
Mountain Mynydd Mynydd Bach Mond Richmond
Old Hen Hengoed Ald Aldworth
People     Ing Hastings
River Afon Blaenafon Bourne Eastbourne
River Mouth Aber Aberafan Mouth Bournemouth
Road Sarn Sarn  Bach Strat Stratfield
Saxon Saes Pont-y-Saeson Ingle Inglewood
Spring Font Chalfont Well Clerkenwell
Stone Maen Maentwrog Stan Stanford
Valley Nant Nant Gwynant Combe Ilfracombe
Village Tre Tresco Ham Northampton
Walled Town Caer Caerwent Chester Winchester
Welsh Cymri Cumberland Wal Wallingford
White Gwyn Gwynfryn Whit Whitchurch
Wood Celli Gelligaer Hurst Lindhurst


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