Manchester's Ancient Name

  title={Manchester's Ancient Name},
  author={Andrew Breeze},
  journal={The Antiquaries Journal},
  pages={353 - 357}
  • A. Breeze
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • History
  • The Antiquaries Journal
Mamucium, the Roman name of Manchester, is often explained as ‘place on the breast-shaped hill’ from the hypothetical British mamma ’breast; breast-shaped hill’. But the name of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, suggests this is baseless. A likelier etymology is ‘place on the river called Mamma, “mother”’, apparently the old name of the River Medlock, perhaps revered as a Celtic goddess. 



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