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Place Original Name Language Meaning Notes
Arrowe Arwe (1240) Celtic Ploughland  
Barnston Bernestone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Beorn's (meaning bold in war) enclosure or farmstead  
Bebington Bedintone (1096) Anglo-Saxon Baebing's enclosure or farmstead  
Bidston Bediston (1260) Anglo-Saxon Byddi's enclosure or farmstead  
Birkenhead Bircheveth (1190) Anglo-Saxon Birch-tree headland  
Brimstage Brunestath (1260) Old Norse Brun's or Bryn's (meaning brown or dark) place or stead  
Bromborough Brimburgh (912) Anglo-Saxon Brun's or Bryn's fortification  
Burton   Anglo-Saxon Farming tenant's (with special privileges) enclosure or farmstead  
Caldy Calders (DB 1086) Old Norse Bleak or cold waterside place  
Capenhurst Capeles (DB 1086) Old French / Anglo-Saxon Wood by a chapel  
Childer Thornton   Anglo-Saxon (Noble) child's thorn-tree farm or settlement  
Claughton Claghtun (1260) Anglo-Saxon Clay farm or settlement  
Dee (river)   Welsh Dark (water)  
Denhall Danewell (1184) Old Norse Danes' well Nucleus of the Danish Viking community?
Eastham Estham (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Eastern homestead or village Pretty much as far East as you can go in the Wirral.
Egremont Modern Old French + Latin Bold mount After Egremont in Cumbria
Frankby Frankeby (1230) Old Norse Franki's village or village of a Frank (nationality)  
Gayton Gaitone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead by a thoroughfare On the main route along the south-west coast of Wirral
Grange   Middle English Grange  
Greasby Gravesberie (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Graef's stronghold  
Hadlow Edelawe (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon   Survives only as Hadlow Road, Willaston.
Heswall Eswelle (DB 1086) Old Norse Hazel field  
Hilbre Hildeburgheye (1388) Old Norse Hildburgha's island  
Hinderton Hindertown (1621) Old Norse Enclosure or farmstead lying at the back Behind Neston
Hoose   Anglo-Saxon Heel (of land) Now subsumed within Hoylake
Hooton Hotone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead on a heel of land  
Hoylake Hyle Lake (1687) Anglo-Saxon Hollow filled with water After the anchorage once off the coast (later Hoyle Lake)
Irby Irreby (1096) Old Norse Ivar's or Ingvar's village  
Landican Landechene (DB 1086) Welsh or Gaelic Tegan's church (cf. Welsh Llan) or enclosures Tegan is an otherwise unknown Welsh saint.
Leasowe   Anglo-Saxon Pasture  
Ledsham Levetesham (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Leuvede's or Leviett's homestead or village  
Liscard Lisnekarke (1260) Gaelic Place with a smith's forge  
Meols Melas (DB 1086) Old Norse Sandbanks or sandhills An obvious feature of the area, which was an old seaport of the Viking community.
Moreton Moreton (1278) Anglo-Saxon Moor enclosure or farmstead It was very marshy here when there was probably a channel cutting off Wallasey.
Ness Nesse (DB 1086) Old Norse Headland A lost feature of the coast?
Neston Nestone (DB 1086) Old Norse Enclosure or farmstead on the headland  
Newton   Anglo-Saxon New enclosure or farmstead  
New Brighton   Anglo-Saxon Stone of Brihthelm Bestowed in aspiration to equal the original.
Noctorum Chenoterie (DB 1086) Gaelic Hill of the tomb  
Oxton Oxeton (1278) Anglo-Saxon Proper name + enclosure or farmstead  
Parkgate   Modern English   Dates from construction of sea wall. Proximity to Leighton Park.
Pensby Penisby (1229) Old Norse Proper name + village  
Poulton Pulton Anglo-Saxon Enclosure or farmstead by a pool Reference to Wallasey Pool.
Poulton Lancelyn Pontone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Pool enclosure or farmstead Reference to Bromborough Pool + nae of ancient lords of the manor.
Prenton Prestune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Priest's enclosure or farmstead  
Puddington Potintone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Paeting's enclosure or farmstead  
Raby Rabie (DB 1086) Old Norse Roe (meaning of the landowner's name) village  
Saughall Massie Salhale (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Willow slope (held by Hamo de Mascy in 1309)  
Seacombe Modern Anglo-Saxon Sea valley It lies at the foot of the ridge from Liscard to New Brighton with Birkenhead rising on the opposite side of Wallasey Pool.
Shotwick Sotowiche (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Saltworks on a spit of land Referring to its location above Shotwick Dale.
Spital Spitell (1385) Old French Guest house or inn  
Storeton Stortone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Great enclosure or farmstead  
Sutton (Great/Little) Sudtone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon South enclosure or farmstead Pretty much as far South as you can go in the Wirral.
Thingwall Tuigvelle (DB 1086) Old Norse Assembly field Important meeting place or parliament for the Norse community at the centre of the Scandinavian enclave in Wirral.
Thornton Hough Torintone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Thorn-tree enclosure or farmstead (held by the Richard del Hogh family ca.1329)  
Thurstaston Turstanetone (DB 1086) Old Norse Thorstein's or Thor's Stone enclosure or farmstead Thor's Stone is a large rock on Thurstaston Common.
Tranmere Tranemull (1202) Welsh Hill settlement Geographically appropriate. Welsh tre-yn-moel.
Upton Optone (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Higher enclosure or farmstead Which it evidently could have been.
Wallasey Walea (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Island of the strangers The original Celtic people as opposed to the encroaching Anglo-Saxons and Vikings presumably. Also known as Kirkeby in Walea (1180), counterpointing West Kirby.
West Kirby Cerchebi (1081) Old Norse West village of the church Refers to St. Bridget's church as opposed to St. Hilary's Church Wallasey to the east.
Whitby Witebia (1096) Old Norse White village Perhaps stone as opposed to wood.
Willaston Wilauestune (DB 1086) Anglo-Saxon Wiglaf's enclosure or farmstead  
Wirral Wirheal (895) Anglo-Saxon Myrtle-tree corner of land  
Woodchurch Odecerce (1096) Old Norse Church in a wood or a wooden church