The University of Nottingham (UK) has a very cool website called Key to English Place-names that “is an up-to-date guide to the interpretation of the names of England’s cities, towns and villages”.

http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/

I thought this was neat since many of the places have roots in Old Norse, such as Coupland in Northumberland. Coupland is “purchased land” or kaupa-land in Old Norse.

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  1. An ancestors birth place is given in the 1851 census for Essington, Staffs, as Doecy-wood in Staffordshire. I would like to know where this is.

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