Don’t let this Saxon found your settlement!

I found a wonderful fact out by chance while reading Asser’s life of Alfred the Great. Many Anglo-Saxon place-names include the suffixes ‘ham’ (roughly ‘settlement’) and ‘ing’ (roughly ‘the tribe of’, follwing a leader’s name). So what about Nottingham? The earliest version is probably ‘Snotengaham’ – the settlement was probably therefore founded by the Anglian family/tribe of Snot.

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