Ab Kettleby

Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire

Ab Kettleby, in the Framland Hundred of Leicestershire, comes from the Old Danish male personal name Ketil (Old Norse Ketill), originally a byname related to Old Norse ketill ‘a cauldron, a cauldron-shaped helmet’. This personal name was very common in England. It is compounded with Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

The affix Ab, which distinguishes the township from Eye Kettleby some four miles to the south, comes from the name of an early owner of the estate, a Middle English Abbe (either from the Old English male personal name Abba or the Old Norse male personal name Abbi).

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Viking Names


byname, Danish, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Image © Andrew Abbott, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0

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Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 1.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire II. English Place-Name Society LXXVIII (2002), pp. 157-158.