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The Origin of Local Place Names @ allertonOak  
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Place Original Name Language Meaning Notes
Aigburth Aykeberh (ca.1200) Anglo-Saxon Place of the oaks The original settlement probably lay on the slopes up towards Mossley Hill.
Aintree Aintree (1226) but Ayntree (1292) is the usual mediaeval spelling Anglo-Saxon One tree Up to 100 years ago, before urbanisation, the area was noted for its lack of trees. Was this one a landmark?
Allerton Alretune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Alder enclosure or farmstead  
Anfield Hangfield (1488) Middle English Sloping field The land slopes down northwards from Everton.
Bank Hall   Modern English Hall on the bank of the Mersey Once the residence of the Moore family.
Blundellsands   Modern English   Coastal part of land owned by the Blundell family.
Bootle Boltelai (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon House, dwelling or village  
Childwall Cildeuuelle (DB 1086) Old Norse Field with a well or spring Childwall Brook (not extant) was once fed by a spring near the church and formed the boundary between Childwall and Roby.
Croxteth Croxstath (1228) Old Norse Stead or place + nook or personal name Krokr Early Viking settlement.
Dingle Dingyll (1246) Middle English Deep dell After a once lovely riverside cove and leisure attraction at the outlet of the Dingle Brook (not extant).
Everton Evretona (1094) Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead of Efer or Eofor (meaning wild-boar)  
Fazakerley Phasakyrlee (ca.1250) Anglo-Saxon Meadowland with a boundary field  
Ford Ford (1300) Anglo-Saxon Ford Could refer to a ford over Rimrose Brook.
Garston Gerstan (to 1500) Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead with grassland  
Gateacre Gateacre (1559) Anglo-Saxon Field by a thoroughfare The road through Gateacre is the old packhorse route from Hale to West Derby, which predates Liverpool itself.
Great Crosby Crosebi (DB 1086), Magnam Crossby (1190) Old Norse Village with a cross Little Crosby still has one.
Huyton Hitune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Elevated enclosure or farmstead A slightly elevated area.
Kirkdale Chirchedele (DB 1086) Old Norse Dale or valley with a church The higher ground of Everton and Walton is to the east and there were once sandhills to the west.
Linacre   Anglo-Saxon Lint or flax field  
Litherland Liderlant or Literland (DB 1086) Old Norse Sloping land The sloping land was once known as Hatton Hill, which only survives in the name of a road.
Liverpool Liuerpul (1194) Anglo-Saxon Thick, muddy pool The original pool (tidal creek) is now filled in.
Mersey (river) Maerse (1004), Mersha (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Marshy water A good description of the estuary, which may not once have been so well-defined.
Netherton Netherton (1576) Anglo-Saxon Lower enclosure or farmstead  
Orrell Otegrimele (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Barren sandy area (uncertain)  
Roby Rabil (DB 1086) Old Norse Roe (the maining of the name of the landowner) village  
Seaforth   Old Norse Sea bay Taken by Gladstone's father from the Scottish placename
Smithdown Esmedune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon   Survives only as Smithdown Road, Wavertree.
Thingwall Tingwell (1177) Old Norse Assembly field Important meeting place or parliament for the Norse community in West Lancashire.
Toxteth Stochestede (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Stockaded place  
Tuebrook   Anglo-Saxon Tiw's (Anglo-Saxon god of war) brook The brook still exists to the north.
Walton Waletone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead surrounded by a wood  
Waterloo   Flemish Watery meadow Named after the Waterloo Hotel, in turn named after the battle.
Wavertree Wavretreu (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wavering tree Possibly the aspen tree.
West Derby Derbei (DB 1086) Old Norse Village with wild animals or the meaning of the landowner's name (deor?) A centre for hunting from the time of the Vikings.
Woolton (Much) Uvetone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wulf's or Ulf's (meaning wolf) enclosure or farmstead More or less the modern Woolton
Woolton (Little) Ulventune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wulf's or Ulf's enclosure or farmstead Parts of Gateacre, Childwall and Netherley. No longer in use.