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This guide attempts to provide a selected listing on places known to have been named after deaf individuals.
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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European places named after deaf people


  • La Balme les Grottes
    • L'Espace Laurent Clerc
      A small museum occupying the third floor of the town's visitor center. It is about the town's native son, Laurent Clerc (1785-1869), who was a student at the Paris School for the Deaf, became a teacher there, then went to America with Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet to become the first deaf teacher of the deaf in America and co-founder of what is now the American School for the Deaf, at West Hartford, Connecticut. The museum was dedicated in July 2003.
    • Place Laurent Clerc
      A small street square in the town.
    • Champs-sur-Marne
      • École Laurent Clerc
        This town in northeastern France has a school named for Laurent Clerc. It houses a bilingual (French Sign Language and spoken French) education program for deaf children.


  • England
    • York
      • Goodricke College of the University of York
        One of the colleges making up the University of York is named for John Goodricke (1764-1786), a deaf Dutch-British astronomer who is best known for having discovered variable stars (Algol variables) and correctly deducing their nature. Goodricke College was founded in 1968.
  • Scotland
    • Edinburgh
      • Dumbiedykes
        A district within the Scottish capital that was once home to Britain's first school for the deaf, started by Thomas Braidwood in 1760. The area's name derives from reference to the "deaf and dumb" residents of the school. Though the school has been gone for two centuries, the neighborhood's name persists today.


  • Milan
    • Via de Predis
      A street in the northwest quadrant of this city is named Via de Predis, in honor of the de Predis family that contributed at least three artists to the Italian Renaissance. One of them, Cristoforo de Predis (1440?-1486), a well-known miniaturist and illuminator of the time, was deaf.

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