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The literal meanings behind Britain's place names, mapped

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What's in a name?

A lot – according to research by QuickQuid , anyway.

The UK is known for having a rich and diverse history attracting Roman, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon settlers.

And with them, the settles brought unique meanings to Britain’s beloved counties, cities and towns.

Many of the counties are known as shires, which originated in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of the early Middle Ages. The literal meanings often came from early settlers in the area. For example, England has a rich Roman, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon history, which can be mapped out through its place names.

Here are four maps that translate the names of cities literally – be their origin Roman or Celtic:

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