1: Stonegate, Shire of - New Branch Name
Petition and signatures hacer been received from members of the new group.
(All citations taken from the online version of A Dictionary of British Place Names by A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press) http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199609086.001.0001/acref-9780199609086
Stone- protothematic element found in many English place names, variously rendered also as 'stan' or 'ston' from OE 'stān'.
Stonegrave N. Yorks.
Staningagrave 757-8, Stainegrif 1086 (db). `Quarry of the people living by the stone or rock'. OE stān + -inga- + græf (influenced by OScand. gryfja).
Stanehyve 1587, Steanhyve 1629. `Stone landing-place'. OE stān + hȳth.
Stanenges c.1130. `Stone gallows' (from a fancied resemblance of the monument to such). OE stān + hengen.
Stanhus 1086 (db). `The stone-built house'. OE stān + hūs.
-gate deuterothematic elment found in English place names, with a variety of protothemes referring to location, color, animals, or various materials.
Southgate Gtr. London.
Suthgate 1370. `Southern gate' (to Enfield Chase). OE sūth + geat.
Rogate W. Sussex.
Ragata 12th cent. `Gate for roe-deer'. OE rā + geat.
Colgate W. Sussex.
la Collegate 1279. `The charcoal gate'. ME col + gate (referring to a gate into St Leonard's forest where charcoal was once made).
Whytegate 1540. `The white gate'. OE hwīt + geat, referring to the outer gate of Vale Royal Abbey.
Additionally, Stone Gate is shown on a map of York (http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/british_isles/york/maps/braun_hogenberg_VI_2_1_b.jpg) originally published in 1617. http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/mapmakers/braun_hogenberg.html http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/british_isles/york/maps/braun_hogenberg_VI_2_1.html
And is listed in the History of York http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/themes/medieval/stonegate
And to cite the 12/08 Atlantia LoI for the submission of Canton of Middlegate, registered on the 04/09 LoAR
It might be asked whether such street names are reasonable as the names of places in general In this respect, Ekwall (Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, s.v. gata) gives useful information: "ON, OSw gata 'a road', ME gate, is found in names of roads and streets in the north and the Scandinavian Midlands, as in BUTCHER-, FRAMWELLGATE. Sometimes such names have become names of places, as CLAPPERSGATE, GALGATE, HARROGATE, HOLGATE." Ekwall shows documentary citations of Clapper(s)gate from 1608 (s.n. Clappersgate), Galwaithegate from around 1190, Galwethegate from 1210 and Gawgett from 1605 (s.n. Galgate), Harrogate from 1512 (s.n. Harrogate and Holegate from 1200 and Holgate from 1218 (s.n. Holgate).
Golden Wing thus believes that "Stonegate" is a wholly likely, and even unremarkable, construction for an English place name.
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