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Gotoarrow.png Cornwall Gotoarrow.png Place Names

Map of Cornwall
Stem Meaning Examples
aber mouth (of a river), confluence, a meeting of waters Aberfal (English: Falmouth)
avon river
bre / bronn hill
eglos church Egloshayle (Cornish: Eglosheyl)
lann church, churchyard, village with church, parish Lanhydrock (Cornish: Lannhydrek)
nan, nans valley Nancledra
pen head (headland or hill) Penzance (Cornish: Pensans)
pol pool or lake Polperro
pons bridge
porth harbour Perranporth (Cornish: Porthpyran)
rys ford Camelford (Cornish: Ryskammel)
tre settlement Trewithen
treth beach


English Cornish Meaning
Bodmin Bosvenegh From bos 'dwelling' & menegh 'monks'
Camborne Kammbronn
Calstock Kalstok
Camelford Ryskammel


A much more complete exposition of Cornish names and the meaning thereof can be found in the book, "Cornish Names" by T. F. G. Dexter. 

Many towns and villages are named for Celtic saints who spread Christianity throughout Cornwall approximately 1500 years ago.  These saints are often unknown outside of Cornwall, and these place names are often unique to the Duchy.  Many of the names have been modernized since they were attached to the localities, but retain the Celtic character of their origins.

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