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Sunnyside: A Sociolinguistic History of British House Names

Laura Wright


This book traces developments in the history of British house-names from the tenth century, beginning with medieval house-naming practices referencing the householder’s name, the householder’s occupation, and the appearance of the house. In the early fourteenth century heraldic names appeared on commercial premises: tavern names such as la Worm on the Hope, and shop names such as the Golden Tea Kettle & Speaking Trumpet. From the eighteenth century five main categories are identified: the transferred place-name, the nostalgically rural, the commemorative, names associated with the nobility, an ... More

Keywords: house-names, Middle English, Medieval Latin, Anglo-Norman French, Scottish Gaelic, Scotland, solskifte, Quakers, nonconformists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266557
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Wright, author
Reader in English Language, University of Cambridge