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The Origin of Local Place Names @ allertonOak  
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Place Original Name Language Meaning Notes
Ainsdale Einulvesdel (DB 1086) Old Norse Einulf's valley Between the sandhills and the mosses (hardly elevated ground!).
Alt   Gaelic Stream  
Altcar Acrer (DB 1086) Old Norse Marshland by the River Alt A pretty concise description before the land drainage.
Argarmeols Erengermeles (DB 1086) Old Norse Erengr's sandhills Partly where the Royal Birkdale golf course is now. Was lost to the sea by the end of the 14th century. Survives as Argarmeols Road, Freshfield.
Barton Bartune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Barley farm or settlement  
Birkdale Birkedale (1200) Old Norse Birch-tree valley  
Cronton Crohinton (1242) Anglo-Saxon Settlement of crows  
Ditton Ditton (1193) Anglo-Saxon Ditch enclosed farm or settlement Ditton Brook is nearby.
Downholland Holand (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Woodland To distinguish it from the more elevated Upholland near Wigan.
Eggergarth Ekergert (1240) Old Norse Small ploughed field enclosure Now lost (between Lydiate and Downholland Cross). Eggergate Mill House survives.
Farnworth Ferneworthe (12th cent.) Anglo-Saxon Fern farm  
Formby Fornebei (DB 1086) Old Norse Forni's (or old) village  
Hale Hales (1176) Anglo-Saxon Slope  
Halewood Halewode (ca.1200). Anglo-Saxon Wood by Hale  
Halsall Heleshala (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Haele's slope  
Ince Blundell Hinne (DB 1086) Old Norse House or hall The Blundells have been local landowners since ca. 1200.
Kirkby Cherchebi (DB 1086) Old Norse Church village  
Knowsley Chenulveslei (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Kenulf's field  
Little Crosby Crosebi (DB 1086), Little Crosseby (1243) Old Norse Village with cross(es) There is still one of the old crosses in the village.
Lunt Lund (1251) Old Norse Sacred grove  
Lydiate Leiate (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Swing-gate  
Maghull Magele (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon (perhaps) Maga's slope The only sloping land in the area.
Melling Melinge (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Mealla's people or place  
Oglet Ogelot (1275) Anglo-Saxon Oak tree by a watercourse  
Penketh Penket (1242) Welsh Wood's edge (cf. Welsh Pencoed)  
Ravensmeols Erengermeols (DB 1086) Old Norse Hrafn's sandhills Now lost. Just south of Formby but washed away by the sea. Survives as Raven Meols Hills, the name of the local sandhills.
Sefton Sextone (DB 1086) Old Norse Sedge farmstead The marshy nature of the land by the church and the old mill.
Speke Spec (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Brushwood or swine pasture  
Tarbock Torboc (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Thorn-tree or Thor's brook The ancient boundaries in the area were marked by several brooks.
Thornton Torentun (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Thorn-tree farm  
Up Litherland Literlant (DB 1086) Old Norse Upper slope land No longer in existence, but the location at the foot of Clieves Hills would explain the name.
Waddicar   Anglo-Saxon Woad plant fields  
Widnes Wydenesse (1300) Anglo-Saxon Wide promontory A good description of the shape of the land.