The A-Z of silly British place names

Moving customers across the UK, we’ve discovered that this great county has a lot of odd, silly and just plain funny place names. Sometimes the original Gaelic or Old English sheds some light on them, but for many others, their original meaning is obscure, and we’re left scratching our heads at these bizarre monikers. Here’s our A-Z of some of Britain’s silliest place names:

Auchtermuchty

A town in Fife, from the Gaelic meaning “upland of the pigs”.

Barton in the Beans

A Leicestershire hamlet containing no shops or pubs, only a Baptist church and a postbox.

Curry Mallet

A village in Somerset with a population of 306.

Droop

A North Dorset village in Hazelbury Bryan.

Earcroft

The northern ward of Darwen, Lancashire.

Fakenham

Despite it’s name, a very real market town in Norfolk.

Great Snoring

A rural village in North Norfolk, two miles north of the larger village of Little Snoring.

Heckmondwike

A small town in West Yorkshire.

Ianstown

A village on the Moray Firth. As far as we know, not founded by a bloke called Ian.

Jump

A village on Barnsley, South Yorkshire. According to local legend, it was named after a stream that local miners had to jump over to gain access to the coal mines.

Keith

Another seemingly eponymous Moryan village.

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This Welsh village has the longest place name in Europe. Known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for short.

Matching Tye

A village forming part of the civil parish of Matching, Essex. Sadly there’s no neighbouring village called Matching Socks.

Nether Wallop

A village in the Test Valley district of Hampshire

Over Peover

A Cheshire civil parish named after the Peover Eye river on one of the parish boundaries.

Plumpton

There are actually four Plumptons in the UK. Mapped below is a village in East Sussex, but there are also Plumptons in Cumbria, Lancashire and Northamptonshire.

Queen Camel

A village on the River Cam in South Somerset. Some of Queen Camel’s neighbours have equally unusual names, including West Camel, Sparkford and Marston Magna.

Ramsbottom

A market town in Bury, Greater Manchester. The name is believed to derive from the Old English ramm botm, meaning ‘valley of the ram’.

Sheepy

A civil parish in Leicestershire, containing several villages with equally amusing names, including Sheepy Magna, Sheepy Parva, Pinwall and Cross Hands.

Thrumpton

A village in Nottinghamshire.

Upton Snodsbury

A village in Worchestershire.

Vulcan Village

A town in Cheshire whose name predates Star Trek.

Warninglid

A small village in West Sussex, historically known as Warninglyth or Warningeld.

Exning

This Suffolk village technically doesn’t begin with an X, but in our defense the E is silent.

Ystrad Mynach

While strange sounding in English, this Glamorgan town roughly translates to ‘flood-prone valley’ from Welsh. The name was accurate prior to the building of river defences in the 1960s.

Zeals

A village in Wiltshire. The name comes from the Old English sealh, meaning willow.


Pickfords moves customers from Droop, Jump, Sheepy, and everywhere else on this list, to every postcode across the UK and Ireland. Click here to contact us or get a quote online.

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