Photo by Vassil
There is an advertisement for EasyJet on Channel Zero in Spain at the moment which features a drawing of a shopping bag with “Candem Town” in large letters across the side. The north London borough is a great place to go shopping… but it’s not spelt like that! It should be “Camden”. Camden Town was named after a historian, William Camden (1551-1623), a contemporary of Shakespeare’s. Before being William’s surname, “Camden” was a toponym (meaning “enclosed valley” from campas denu in Anglo-Saxon). Today “Camden” is also used as a given name in the USA, so it would be theoretically possible to be Camden Camden from Camden!
Other place names that cause spelling problems include: Algeria, Baghdad, Edinburgh, Hawaii, Istanbul, Jerusalem and my favourite, Massachusetts.
 to feature – include (prominently)
 drawing – illustration, cartoon
 large – (false friend) big
 borough – district
 to name A after B (UK English) – name A for B (US English), give A B’s name to honour B
 surname – family name
 toponym – place name
 enclosed – surrounded on all sides (by mountains)
 given name – first name, Christian name (old fashioned)