UK Cities by Another Name

Over the course of the United Kingdom's colourful history, many place names have changed multiple times, influenced by the early Celtic peoples, the Romans, Germanic tribes, the Vikings, the Normans and the Danes. Below is a list of 69 names, one for each of the 69 cities in the United Kingdom. These are comprised both of contemporary linguistic alternatives (such as Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh names) and place names from antiquity. How many can you name?


Abbreviations:
Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (c. 731): B
Chronicon ex chronicis (c. 1140): CC
Common Brittonic: CB
Cornish (Kernowek): K
Domesday Book (Liber de Wintonia, 1086): DB
Irish (Gaeilge): G
Latin (lingua latīna): L
Middle English (Englisch) E
Old English (Ænglisc): Æ
Old Norse (Norrœnt mál): NM
Old Welsh (Hen Gymraeg): HG
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig): SG
Welsh (Cymraeg): C
Beware: Some of these place names are cognates, while others bear absolutely no resemblance to the contemporary English name
Not every historical name corresponds to the exact boundaries of the modern city
Sources: Various, including Wikipedia
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Last updated: May 23, 2020
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Alternative/Historical
Current (English)
Sutton Æ
Plymouth
Celmeresfort DB
Chelmsford
Bradeford DB
Bradford
Obar Dheathain SG
Aberdeen
Northwic Æ
Norwich
Weorgoran ceaster Æ
Worcester
Dun Holm NM
Durham
Noviomagus Reginorum L
Chichester
Medeshamstede Æ
Peterborough
Cofentreo Æ
Coventry
Wyke E
Kingston upon Hull
Abertawe C
Swansea
Liuerpul from Æ
Liverpool
Llanelwy C
St Asaph
St Margaret ancient parish
City of Westminster
Bristelmestune DB
Brighton & Hove
Sruighlea SG
Stirling
Ard Mhacha G
Armagh
Escanceaster Æ
Exeter
Fontanetum L
Wells
Cair Ceint HG
Canterbury
Inbhir Nis SG
Inverness
Loncastre DB
Lancaster
Deva Victrix L
Chester
Portesmuða Æ
Portsmouth
Sorviodūnum CB
Salisbury
Tigguo Cobauc CB
Nottingham
Dùn Èideann SG
Edinburgh
Tyddewi C
St Davids
Caerloyw C
Gloucester
Caer Odor C
Bristol
Wulfrūnehēantūn Æ
Wolverhampton
Truru K
Truro
Caerdydd C
Cardiff
Verulamium L
St Albans
Alternative/Historical
Current (English)
Jórvík NM
York
Lindum Colonia L
Lincoln
Aquae Sulis L
Bath
Loidis B
Leeds
Casnewydd C
Newport
Henffordd C
Hereford
Cair Lerion HG
Leicester
Doire G
Derry
Wearmouth Æ
Sunderland
Mamucium L
Manchester
Derventio L
Derby
Glaschu SG
Glasgow
Grantebrycge Æ
Cambridge
Hanley, et al. from Æ
Stoke-on-Trent
Luguvalium L
Carlisle
Londinium L
City of London
Elig Æ
Ely
Dùn Dèagh SG
Dundee
Béal Feirste G
Belfast
Venta Belgarum L
Winchester
Scafeld DB
Sheffield
Oxenaforda CC
Oxford
Bangor C
Bangor
Hamwic Æ
Southampton
Prestune DB
Preston
Inhrypum B
Ripon
Licidfelth B
Lichfield
Sealhford Æ
Salford
Peairt SG
Perth
Beormingahām Æ
Birmingham
Pons Aelius L
Newcastle upon Tyne
Lios na gCearrbhach G
Lisburn
Wachefelt DB
Wakefield
Iúr Cinn Trá G
Newry
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