Guest blogger ~ post written by JPE
I've become very curious about the suffixes
found in London names.
There are ---hams everywhere, such as in Tottenham, Wickham & Buckingham; and
---bury, as in Salisbury & Canterbury.
Of course, we find the same suffixes in the US too.
It turns out ---ham is related to our word for
"home" & refers to a homestead or settlement.
The word "hamlet" also derives from this origin.
Both ---bury & ---borough
derive from the German "burgh" or "berg"
A ---bury was an enclosed settlement.
The word "borough" evolved to define a county or region. Many cities in the UK & US continue to have
divisions by "boroughs."
Canterbury means the "walled settlement of Kent."
So, what is a ---wick, as in Chiswick or Gatwick?
What is a ---ton, as in Kensington or Winston?
How about ---coomb or ---combe, as in Batcombe or Lyncombe?
AND, what is a ---stoke, as in Northstoke or Graystoke?
Finally, how about ---ford, as in Stanford or Oxford?
Did I peak your curiosity?
the answers can be found at these very