Placenames of France

Over 4,000 Towns, Villages, Natural Features, Regions and Departments


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About the Book

From Arles and fontana to sanctus, Joinville-le-Pont and Notre-Dame-des-Champs, this work is an alphabetical dictionary of more than 4000 placenames in France (including Corsica; and Monaco and Andorra). Natural features such as rivers, mountains and islands; administrative regions1such as historical provinces and modern departments; and inhabited centers such as cities, towns and villages are all listed.
When possible, entries include examples of the early forms of the names and cross-references are provided as appropriate. The text concludes with four appendices: “Key Elements in French Placenames,” “Revolutionary Placenames,” “Names of Paris Metro Stations” and “Names of Major Features in Paris.”

About the Author(s)

The late Adrian Room was a noted toponymist and onomastician. The author of more than 50 reference books about words and names, he lived in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

Bibliographic Details

Adrian Room
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 334
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2009 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4591-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

The Dictionary      7

Appendix 1: French Habitative Names      237

Appendix 2: Revoluntionary Renamings in France      252

Appendix 3: Paris Metro Stations      298

Appendix 4: Major Placenames in Paris      312

Appendix 5: Common Words and Elements in French Placenames      322

Bibliography      327

Book Reviews & Awards

“fascinating…recommended”—Choice; “The author researched his material exhaustively and has produced a resource that appears to be the first of its kind in English…appendices provide a wealth of information…highly recommended”—Reference Reviews.