Names from historical writing:

The following appear as names for Manchester. Follow the links for what the author actually said:

Name Author Source
MANCHESTER John Bartholomew Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887).
John Marius Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (Edinburgh: A Fullarton & Co., 1870-72).
MANCUNIUM William Camden Britain, or, a Chorographicall Description of the most flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland (London: George Bishop and John Norton, 1610).
MANCUNUM William Camden Britain, or, a Chorographicall Description of the most flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland (London: George Bishop and John Norton, 1610).
MANUCIUM William Camden Britain, or, a Chorographicall Description of the most flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland (London: George Bishop and John Norton, 1610).

NB: These variant names come from our collections of historical travel writing and descriptive gazetteers:

  • The above links take you to the first reference to this particular version of the name within a book of travel writing, or to the relevant gazetteer entry.
  • Some names may derive from research by antiquarian writers such as William Camden and Thomas Pennant into the Roman, Saxon and medieval names of places. Their claims are not always supported by modern place-name researchers.
  • References by travel writers to the place using its "normal" name are not included. Descriptive gazetteer entries are included only if the name does not appear anywhere else.

  • Names for administrative units:

    These names were used for units associated with Manchester. Click on the links for details of the units and their names:

    Name Unit Type Source
    00BN District/Unitary Authority Census of Population (2001 Key Statistics)
    ANCOATS ST MARTIN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    CATHEDRAL Rural Deanery F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 868.
    CENTRAL Registration sub-District 1911 Census of England and Wales, Table 5, 'Registration Counties, Districts and Sub-districts with their constituent civil parishes. - Urban or Rural District in which each parish is situated; Area; families or separate occupiers, and population, 1901 and 1911; and population enumerated in Institutions, large establishments, and on vessels, &c., 1911'.
    CENTRAL MANCHESTER Constituency (BCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    EAST MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    EXCHANGE Constituency (PBDivCon/BCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    GREATER MANCHESTER Modern (post 1974) County (Met.C) Census of Population (2001 Key Statistics)
    Nuts Unit Level 2 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database
    GREATER MANCHESTER NORTH Nuts Unit Level 3 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database
    GREATER MANCHESTER SOUTH Nuts Unit Level 3 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database
    MANCHESTER 1841 Occupation reporting area 1841 Census of Great Britain, Table [1], 'Occupation Abstract'.
    Ancient District (Borough) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 680.
    Archdeaconry F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 862.
    Constituency (PBCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Constituency (PBCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Diocese F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 868.
    District/Unitary Authority Census of Population (2001 Key Statistics)
    Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 183.
    Local Government District (MB/CB) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 680.
    Parish-level Unit (CP/AP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 183.
    Poor Law Union/Reg. District (PLPar/PLU/RegD) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 682.
    Rural Deanery F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 862.
    Sanitary District (USD) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 685.
    Urban Labour Market Great Britain Historical GIS Project
    MANCHESTER ALL SOULS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER AND BLACKBURN Rural Deanery F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 862.
    MANCHESTER CENTRAL Constituency (BCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER EAST Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER EXCHANGE Constituency (PBDivCon/BCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER INCLUDING STRETFORD Urban Labour Market Ministry of Labour, Labour Gazette (H.M.S.O.)
    MANCHESTER NORTH Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER NORTH EAST Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER NORTH WEST Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER OUR LADY ST GEORGE AND ST DENYS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 183.
    Parish-level Unit (CP/AP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 183.
    MANCHESTER SOUTH Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER SOUTH WEST Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    MANCHESTER ST AIDAN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST ANN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST ANN AND ST MARY Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST BARNABAS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST CATHERINE Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST CHRYSOSTOM VICTORIA PARK Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST CLEMENT Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST CLEMENT LEVER STREET Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST CROSS WITH ST PAUL CLAYTON Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST GEORGE Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST GEORGE WITH ST BARNABAS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST JAMES Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST JAMES THE LESS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST JOHN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST JUDE ANCOATS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST MARTIN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST MARY Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST MARY HULME Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER ST MATTHEW Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST MATTHEW AND ST JOHN Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST MATTHEW CAMPFIELD Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST MICHAEL Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PAUL Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PAUL BRADFORD Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PAUL NEW CROSS WITH ST MICHAEL AND ST THOMAS REDBANK Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PETER Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PETER OLDHAM ROAD Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PETER OLDHAM ROAD WITH ST JAMES THE LESS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PHILIP Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST PHILIP WITH ST MARK Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER ST SIMON AND ST JUDE Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    MANCHESTER THE ALBERT MEMORIAL CHURCH Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER THE ALBERT MEMORIAL CHURCH WITH NEWTON HEATH ST AUGUSTINE Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    MANCHESTER THE RESURRECTION Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    NORTH EAST MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    NORTH MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Parish-level Unit (CP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    NORTH WEST MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    SOUTH EAST LANCASHIRE Conurbation 1971 Census of England and Wales, Table 25, 'Enumerated Households by tenure and household amenities', for 'AC, CB, Urban areas with populations of 50,000 or more, Aggregates of MB and UD and aggregates of RD, NT and Con Centres. Urban Areas with populations of less than 50,000 and RD'.
    SOUTH MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    Parish-level Unit (CP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    SOUTH WEST MANCHESTER Constituency (PBDivCon) Richard H.A. Cheffins, Parliamentary Constituencies and their registers since 1832 (London: The British Library, 1998)
    ST GEORGE IN THE FIELDS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    ST GEORGE OLDHAM ROAD Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 185.
    ST PAUL NEW CROSS Ecclesiastical Parish (EP) F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991), p. 186.
    UKD3 Nuts Unit Level 2 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database
    UKD31 Nuts Unit Level 3 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database
    UKD32 Nuts Unit Level 3 European Commission, Eurostat Website: GISCO database

    NB: These are all the names of all the administrative units which we have associated with Manchester, and you must judge whether all or even any of them are variant names for the place. They may well include the names of other locations or areas:

    • For cities, the associated administrative units will usually include parishes, especially ecclesiastical parishes, one of whose names is the name of the city followed by a saint's dedication, with just the saint's name as another variant. Parish names will sometimes also include "places" within towns.
    • Districts usually contain more than one settlement, and some districts had their names changed to take the name of a completely different settlement. As we link each administrative unit to just one of our "places", usually the last place the unit was named after, in these cases the name for a completely different place will appear on this page.
    • Similarly, a unit may sometimes be named after a particular settlement it contains and sometimes to indicate its location within a higher level unit. This was very common among British parliamentary constituencies in rural areas, one name referring to their main town and another indicating that they were in, say, the southern part of the relevant county.

    Every name listed here is linked to the particular historical source in which it appears, but we cannot claim that these are all the historical names of Manchester, or that our references are to the first usage of the names. Similarly, we have tried to ensure that names included here are not transcription errors by ourselves, but it is possible they are the result of errors made when the historical sources were printed, or the result of visiting authors or census officials mis-hearing local names.

    How to reference this page:

    GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Manchester in Lancashire | Place names, A Vision of Britain through Time.

    URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/791/names

    Date accessed: 16th December 2017