Names from historical writing:

The following appear as names for Norfolk. Follow the links for what the author actually said:

Name Author Source
NORFOLK John Bartholomew Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887).
John Marius Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (Edinburgh: A Fullarton & Co., 1870-72).

NB: These variant names come from our collections of historical travel writing and descriptive gazetteers:

  • The above links take you to the first reference to this particular version of the name within a book of travel writing, or to the relevant gazetteer entry.
  • Some names may derive from research by antiquarian writers such as William Camden and Thomas Pennant into the Roman, Saxon and medieval names of places. Their claims are not always supported by modern place-name researchers.
  • References by travel writers to the place using its "normal" name are not included. Descriptive gazetteer entries are included only if the name does not appear anywhere else.

  • Names for administrative units:

    These names were used for units associated with Norfolk. Click on the links for details of the units and their names:

    Name Unit Type Source
    CENTRAL NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    EASTERN NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MID NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORFOLK Administrative County F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Southern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979), p. 652.
    Ancient County F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Southern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979), p. 351.
    Archdeaconry F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Southern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979), p. 781.
    Constituency (PCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Modern (post 1974) County Census of Population (2001 Key Statistics)
    Poor Law/Registration County F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Southern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979), p. 351.
    NORFOLK CENTRAL Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORFOLK CENTRAL NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Boundary Commission for England, First Periodical Report (London: H.M.S.O., 1954)
    NORFOLK COUNTY 1841 Occupation reporting area 1841 Census of Great Britain, Table [1], 'Occupation Abstract'.
    NORFOLK EASTERN Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORFOLK NORTH Constituency (CCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1970 (Chichester: Political Reference Publications, 1971)
    NORFOLK NORTH EAST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORFOLK NORTHERN Constituency (PDivCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1977)
    NORFOLK NORTH NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Boundary Commission for England, First Periodical Report (London: H.M.S.O., 1954)
    NORFOLK SOUTH Constituency (CCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1970 (Chichester: Political Reference Publications, 1971)
    NORFOLK SOUTH EAST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORFOLK SOUTHERN Constituency (PDivCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1977)
    NORFOLK SOUTH NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Boundary Commission for England, First Periodical Report (London: H.M.S.O., 1954)
    NORFOLK SOUTH WEST Constituency (CCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1970 (Chichester: Political Reference Publications, 1971)
    NORFOLK SOUTH WEST NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Boundary Commission for England, First Periodical Report (London: H.M.S.O., 1954)
    NORFOLK WESTERN Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Constituency (PDivCon) F.W.S. Craig (ed.), British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1977)
    NORFOLK WEST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORTH EAST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORTH NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORTH WEST NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    SOUTH EAST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    SOUTH NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    SOUTH WEST NORFOLK Constituency (CCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    WESTERN NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    WEST NORFOLK Constituency (PDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)

    NB: These are all the names of all the administrative units which we have associated with Norfolk, and you must judge whether all or even any of them are variant names for the place. They may well include the names of other locations or areas:

    • For cities, the associated administrative units will usually include parishes, especially ecclesiastical parishes, one of whose names is the name of the city followed by a saint's dedication, with just the saint's name as another variant. Parish names will sometimes also include "places" within towns.
    • Districts usually contain more than one settlement, and some districts had their names changed to take the name of a completely different settlement. As we link each administrative unit to just one of our "places", usually the last place the unit was named after, in these cases the name for a completely different place will appear on this page.
    • Similarly, a unit may sometimes be named after a particular settlement it contains and sometimes to indicate its location within a higher level unit. This was very common among British parliamentary constituencies in rural areas, one name referring to their main town and another indicating that they were in, say, the southern part of the relevant county.

    Every name listed here is linked to the particular historical source in which it appears, but we cannot claim that these are all the historical names of Norfolk, or that our references are to the first usage of the names. Similarly, we have tried to ensure that names included here are not transcription errors by ourselves, but it is possible they are the result of errors made when the historical sources were printed, or the result of visiting authors or census officials mis-hearing local names.

    How to reference this page:

    GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Norfolk | Place names for the county, A Vision of Britain through Time.

    URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/17468/names

    Date accessed: 28th September 2020