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:
Greater Manchester: Town on the Breast-like hill
Hertfordshire: Ford frequented by stags
Cheshire: Roman county
Leicestershire: Roman town of the people called Ligore