Young settlement names that look old – University of Copenhagen

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Young settlement names that look old

Many farm and house names formed in the last ca. 200 years are made with old place name types as a model. For that reason, a name like Højstrup is not necessary 1000 years old; it might have been formed for a newly built farm in the 19th century. Likewise, Hellerup North of Copenhagen does not belong to the old group of torp-names. This name was originally denoting a pleasure property that was named after its owner, J. D. Heller, in the latter part of the 18th century.

Another example is Højsted in Northwest Zealand, which is a village name from 1925. Before that the village was called Rumperup formed by an old male personal name Rumpi and the ending ‑torp. But the villagers found that Rumperup gave bad associations (rumpe means 'behind, bottom' in Danish), and the new name was made up.