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Meanings of selected place-names

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What is the origin of Danish place-names? See a selection of prominent Danish place-names and an explanation of their origins in this interactive graphics.

Personal names

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Names have been used for as long as we have any records. It simply seems to have been natural for human beings to give each other names – and this was also a uniquely human achievement.
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Common place-name types

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How old are the different Danish place-names types? See a list of the most common place-name types and their meaning and date of formation.


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There is an abundance of place-names in Denmark. These have been coined in the course of a very long period – at the very least 1500-2000 years – and they cover territories, waters, settlements, cultivated areas, streets and roads, houses and shops, and many other things.
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