John Briggs wrote:
> kevin wooldridge wrote:
>> 'Ekwall' is a fine book, but it is at the end of the day largely
>> speculative, based upon one persons interpretation of the origins of
>> place names during a period when precise contemporary documentary
>> evidence of such origins is scarce. Like many history/archaeology
>> books written over 60 years ago, it needs to be assessed in the
>> context of subsequent research.
> This is a remarkable statement, given that you are blissfully unaware,
> not just of the susequent research, but of the entire field of
The much more recent Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names by A D
Mills, published in 1991, reprinted in paperback 2003, says that wick
means "the dwelling, specialised farm or trading settlement" from the
Old English wic, but also that in the Highland region it is from the Old
Scandinavian vik, meaning place by a bay.