FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
Anthony Poulton-Smith

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ISLE OF MAN PLACE NAMES

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Where does the name Cronk Crock originate? Where is ‘the pool of the goblin’? How does a place find itself named for being ‘the eyebrow farm’? And why, on a comparatively small island, are there more than six hundred places beginning with Balla-?
In these pages we examine the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed.
This is not just a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Isle of Man.