Are there two ‘n’ in Llangrannog? Should we include a hyphen in Glan-llyn? And what is the Welsh name for Builth Wells? These are some of the questions that can be answered easily when a new list of standardised place-names will be launched by the Welsh Language Commissioner at the end of June.
During the Urdd National Eisteddfod, the Welsh Language Commissioner will be asking some of the estimated 90,000 visitors for help to test the new list, ensuring that their village or town name is included.
The list is the fruit of many years of research and consultation by the Welsh Language Commissioner, who has the unique responsibility to recommend standard forms of Welsh place-names.
Dr Eleri James, one the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Senior Officers who has been leading the project said, “I am extremely proud of the thorough work that our team have done in compiling this list and during the process, we have consulted frequently with our panel of experts as well as local users such as councils.
“But, at the Urdd Eisteddfod this year, we would appreciate some help from the competitors and their supporters, who will have travelled from all parts of Wales, to give the new resource a go and check whether the name of their village or town has been included. Local knowledge is indispensable!”
The Chair of the panel of experts is Prof. David Thorne, who is also the Chair of The Welsh Place-names Society. He said, “Place-names are an important element of a country’s heritage. They anchor that heritage, and as would be expected with any other aspect of heritage, they deserve to be cherished, protected and safeguarded.
“Our hope is that this list, which includes over 3,000 sites, is a step towards preserving the wealth of place-names that we have in Wales.”
The List of Standardised Welsh Place-names will be officially launched on 20 June in Cardiff Bay, at an event sponsored by Dr Dai Lloyd AM. The list will then be available free on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s website, with the option of searching online or downloading the entire list under an open license.
Notes to the Editor
- The list will be launched at 6pm on 20 June at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay. Speaking at the event will be:
- Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner
- Dr Dylan Foster Evans, Cardiff University
- Pamela Whitham, Ordnance Survey
Dr Dai Lloyd AM will be sponsoring the Event. The press are welcome to attend.