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Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500$
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W. Mark Ormrod, Joanna Story, and Elizabeth M. Tyler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266724

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.001.0001

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Identifying Migrants in Medieval England: The Possibilities and Limitations of Place-name Evidence

Identifying Migrants in Medieval England: The Possibilities and Limitations of Place-name Evidence

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(p.90) 4 Identifying Migrants in Medieval England: The Possibilities and Limitations of Place-name Evidence
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Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500
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Jayne Carroll

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.003.0004

This chapter asks what enquiries might reasonably be made of the place-name record in order to further our understanding (1) of movements to England in the medieval millennium, and (2) of the process by which incoming communities negotiated the process of acculturation, retaining or giving up identity traits—including language—which marked these groups as distinctive or coherent. A response to these broad questions is attempted through detailed methodological discussion and a focus on the place-names of Old Norse origin which arose as a result of Scandinavian activities in England, from the late ninth to eleventh centuries.

Keywords:   place-names, Ethnonyms, Scandinavian settlement, group identities

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