Map of Translated Place Names

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Cartography blog Strange Maps has a map of the British Isles showing current place names translated into modern English. It's one from a collection known as The Atlas of True Names. You can view a larger image at the link.

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While the Irish for Dublin is indeed Baile Atha Cliath, there is still a very direct link with Dubh Linn as the English name is an anglicisation of the phrase. Dubh Linn was the name given to a pool that formed along the river Poddle (I think). So there was a place that was once called Dubh Linn from which the English name is taken. It is in modern Irish that we have Baile Atha Cliath (The Town Of The Hurdled Ford). There is an error in their map, but obviously "Blackpool" is alot more amusing than "The Town Of The Hurdled Ford".
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