Original Article on The Londonist
How did your bit of London get its name? We’ve made a map.
A note on inclusions
Londonist tried to include every major settlement in Greater London, though inevitably will have missed a few. It’s intended that the map will evolve and improve, based on reader feedback (see below).
Etymology can be a game of probabilities. Many place names were shaped so long ago that nobody can be certain if any one explanation is correct. Croydon, for example, is usually said to get its name from ‘valley of crocuses’, but other suggested derivations include ‘settlement near fresh water’, ‘crooked valley’ or ‘chalk hill’. For that reason, the labels we’ve put on the map are not universally accepted, and are open to debate.
If you’d like to make a suggestion regarding the map, be it a new addition or an alteration to an existing location, please contact Matt Brown on firstname.lastname@example.org.