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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. A landmark or border?
Allerton Alretune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Alder-tree farm or settlement  
Anfield Hangfield (1488) Middle English/Anglo-Saxon Field on a slope The land slopes down northwards from Everton.
Bank Hall   Modern English Hall on the bank of the Mersey Residence of the Moore family.
Blundellsands   Modern English   After the local Blundell family.
Bootle Boltelai (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Dwelling house  
Childwall Cildeuuelle (DB 1086) Old Norse Field with a 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 Krokr's landing place Vikings settled here after sailing up the River Alt.
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 Wild-boar farm or settlement  
Fazakerley Phasakyrlee (ca.1250) Anglo-Saxon Border acre wood or clearing  
Ford Ford (1300) Anglo-Saxon Ford Could refer to a ford over Rimrose Brook
Garston Gerstan (to 1500) Anglo-Saxon Grass farm or settlement  
Gateacre Gateacre (1559) Anglo-Saxon Field by a gate or goat field  
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 farm or settlement  
Kirkdale Chirchedele (DB 1086) Old Norse Church valley Not exactly a valley now, but it does have the higher ground of Everton and Walton to the east. Maybe derives from sandhills to the west. The name could be interpreted as valley leading to the church, i.e. Walton Church.
Linacre   Anglo-Saxon Flax field  
Litherland Liderlant (DB 1086) Old Norse Sloping land The original village was on sloping land presumably once known as Hatton Hill, though the name only now 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 Mersha (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Marshy water A good description of the estuary
Netherton Formerly The Netherton (1576) Anglo-Saxon Lower farm or settlement  
Orrell Orhull (1280) Anglo-Saxon Ore hill  
Roby Rabil (DB 1086) Old Norse Boundary village On the boundary of the Scandinavian enclave in West Lancashire.
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 brook The brook still exists to the north.
Walton Waletone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Farm or settlement 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 of which there remain examples.
West Derby Derbei (DB 1086) Old Norse Deer settlement An abundance of deer was one of the things that attracted early Viking settlers.
Woolton (Much) Uvetone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wulfa's farm or settlement More or less the modern Woolton
Woolton (Little) Ulventune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wulfa's farm or settlement Parts of Gateacre, Childwall and Netherley. No longer in use.