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AUC GEOGRAPHICA, Vol 53 No 1 (2018), 83–94

Christian toponyms in Czechia, Poland and Slovakia

Daniel Reeves, Samuel Otterstrom

published online: 18. 05. 2018


What story can place names tell about the significance of religion to national and regional societies? This study explores Christian place names in Czechia, Poland and Slovakia, three neighboring countries of Central Europe. Historically, these three nations share predominantly Catholic religious roots. More recently, however, their respective national societies display markedly different attitudes toward religion. Using FamilySearch Places (an online database of place names), the study examines the occurrence and spatial distribution of Christian place names. It considers when these names were initially coined and looks at changes involving Christian place names, since 1900. The research uncovers a number of apparent spatial patterns in Christian toponyms. With few exceptions, the observed name changes were religious to secular in nature.

keywords: Central Europe; Christianity; regional identity; religion; toponymy

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