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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Sunderland

Historical Forms

  • Sonderland in Blankrayk 1278 Ass
  • Sunderlond 1279 ib
  • Sunderlande 1299 Ipm


This is OE  sundorland . In the OE Bede (v, 23) on sundor lande ðæs ilcan mynstres translates in territorio eiusdem monasterii (i.e. Wearmouth), the reference being to Sunderland (Du).The word glosses Latin predia , prediolum . Sundor - in OE compounds means 'private' or 'special', or 'separate' or 'remote.'

Places in the same Parish