How did your bit of London get its name? We've made a map.
High time we threw it all together into one master-map. This shows significant places from all over Greater London, represented to show how they got their names. Enjoy.
A note on inclusions
We've tried to include every major settlement in Greater London, though inevitably, we'll 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 email@example.com.