Medieval Scandinavian Submitted Place Names

These names were used by medieval Scandinavian peoples.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ALDERNEY (Island) English, Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND. It may be a corruption of 'adreni' or 'alrene', derived from Old Norse, meaning "island near the coast". Alternatively, it may come from other old Norse words; 'alda', meaning "swelling wave', 'renna', meaning "strong current', and -ey, meaning "island'.
BRECQHOU (Island) Medieval Scandinavian
A Channel Island in ENGLAND. The name Brecqhou derives from the Old Norse 'brekka', meaning "slope' or "escarpment", and holmr, or -'hou', meaning "island" or "islet".
ÉCRÉHOUS (Island) Norman, English, Medieval Scandinavian
Island chain in the Channel Islands in ENGLAND. Derived from Old Norse 'esker', as in a "skerry", or a "small, rocky islet". and -hou, meaning "island".
GUERNSEY (Island) Medieval Scandinavian, English (British)
A Channel Island in ENGLAND. From the Old Norse root -ey, meaning "island", 'guern' is unknown.
HERM (Island) Medieval French, English (British), Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND. Likely from Old Norse 'arms', meaning "arm" due to the shape of the island, or maybe from Old French 'eremite', meaning "hermit".
JERSEY (Political Subdivision & Island) English, Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND. Also a name of a state in the UNITED STATES. May be derived from the Old Norse 'jarð', meaning "earth" or 'jarl', "earl", or maybe from the given name GEIRR... [more]
SARK (Island) English, Ancient Semitic, Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND. Could be derived from the Proto-Semetic 'śrq', meaning "redden", "rise", or "east", as Sark is the easternmost island. Alternatively, it come from Old Norse 'serkr', meaning "shirt".
WEXFORD (Political Subdivision) Medieval Scandinavian, Irish
County and town in IRELAND. From the Old Norse Veisafjǫrðr, meaning "fjord of the mud flats".
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