Toponym Research

Children’s Landscapes

What do children call the places that matter to them?

Children invent all sorts of names for places that matter to them. Some of these are simple and descriptive (‘the climbing tree’) – others can be exotic and adventurous (‘the South Pole’). All of them are interesting but they are rarely written down and, amazingly, have never been systematically researched. This project, led by Dr Jeremy Burchardt (P.H. Ditchfield Fellow at the Museum of English Rural Life), aims to collect examples of children’s invented place names.

Pending approval from the University of Reading’s Research Ethics Committee, we hope to upload a short form here so people can submit information about children’s toponyms.  In the meantime, please contact Jeremy at if you would like to know more about or contribute to the project.