For Your Historians/Geographers: Key To English Place-Names
Link: Key to English Place-names
This is an up-to-date guide to the interpretation of the names of England's cities, towns and villages.
The names of villages and towns frequently refer to particular people(s), social and administrative activities, landscape, birds and animals, crops and vegetation, and most of them are well over a thousand years old. In other words, they can tell us something important about the history of those places, and how they were perceived, which would otherwise be unknown.
You can use the Key to search for a particular place-name, or to browse through the names of a particular county. It will provide you with a name's meaning and a break-down of the different parts of the name (its 'elements') and the language(s) of those elements.
In common with most historically-based research, we use the county-boundaries that stood before local government reorganization in 1974.