Place-names are not just arbitrary sounds or quaint words. They had meaning to our remote ancestors who derived them for a reason. They give us insight into their physical world as well as revealing details of their daily lives such as their religion, the gods they worshipped, the superstitions they held and the kind of agriculture they practised.

In this article we look at just a few of some of Guernsey’s place names and their meanings.

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A

Name Meaning
ABREUVEUR Cattle trough
ANE Donkey
AUMONE Alms

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B

Name Meaning
BAISSIERE Lowland, Bog
BANQUE Beach
BARRA(T) Ditch
BAS Below, Lower
BECQUET Point
BERGER Shepherd
BISSON Bush
BORDAGE Sub division of Fief
BOT Bay
BOUET A Wood
BOURG Hamlet
BRAYE Mud Flats
BRECQUE Breach, Gap
BUTTES Archery range

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C

Name Meaning
CACHE Track
CAMP Strip of land
CARREFOUR Crossroads
CAPELLE Chapel
CARRIERE Quarry or Stony Path
CAUCHIE Jetty, Causeway
CHAROTTERIE Tannery
CHEMIN Pathway
CHENE Oak
CLERCS Priory Houses
CLOTURE Enclosure
COLOMBIER Dove Cot
CORBIN Crow, Raven
CORDERIE Rope Walk
CORVEE Stony field, used for making roads
COTTE Croft
COUDRE Copse
COUPE Promontary
COUPEE Summit
COURTIL Field
CREVE COEUR Nightshade
CREUX Cave
CROUTE Hard soil enclosure

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D

Name Meaning
DEHUS Cromlech
DOUIT Watercourse
DOUVRE Bank, Earthwork

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E

Name Meaning
ECLUSE Mill pond
ENCLOS Estate, Enclosure
EPEROUERIE Fish drying grounds
EPINE(L) Thorns, Briars

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F

Name Meaning
FALAISE Hill
FEUGRE or FEUGUEREL Brackenfield
FIEF Land division
FOSSE Ditch, Porthole
FOUR Kiln
FRENE Ash
FRIE Ley, Meadow
FRIQUET Small grass plot
FROCQ Wasteland

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G

Name Meaning
GALET Shingle
GARENNE Warren
GALLIE Pebble Path
GENATS Furzebreak
GIROUETTE Weather Vane
GOTS Boulders
GOUFFRE Cave, Hollow
GRES Gravel pit
GUET Lookout place

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H

Name Meaning
HAUTGARD Rickyard
HECHE Field gate
HERITAGE Estate
HOUGUE Knoll, Mound
HOUMET or HOMMET Islet or Peninsula
HURE Hollow below ridge

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I

Name Meaning
ISSUES Springs

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J

Name Meaning
JAONNIERE Furzebreak
JUCQUER Perch

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L

Name Meaning
LANDE Moor, Common
LIEVRE Hare
LORIERS Bay leaves

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M

Name Meaning
MALADRIE Burial ground
MARES Marshes
MARAIS Lowland, Marsh
MARESQUET Salt swamp
MIELLE Sandy heathland
MOYE Point of land

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N

Name Meaning
NOCQ Sluice gate
NOUETTE Swamp

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O

Name Meaning
ORME Elm

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P

Name Meaning
PENDUE Summit, top of rock
PEZERIE Fish drying ground
PICQUET Guard House
PLANCHE or PLANQUE Fording place
POMARE Apple orchard
POMMIER Apple tree
PONT Bridge or dry crossing
PORTLET Cove, Haven
PRE(PRAIS) Fallow land

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Q

Name Meaning
QUERIERE Cart track
QUESNE Oak

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R

Name Meaning
RAIE Furrow
ROCQUE Rock, Menhir
ROCQUER Boulder
ROCQUAINE Rocky coast
RONDIAUX Marsh
RUISSE Brooklet, Runnel

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S

Name Meaning
SALINE Salt marsh
SAPIN Pine
SAUVAGE Swamp or Briar
SOUCIQUE Marigold or Gold Bird

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T

Name Meaning
TRAPPE Dolmen
TREPIED Dolmen

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V

Name Meaning
VACHEUL Swamp
VAL,VALLON Valley
VARDE Cairn
VARENDE Fish drying ground
VARIOUF Werewolf
VAU Valley
VAZON Swamp
VIDECLIN Slope
VIVIER Fish pond