Arnesby, Leicestershire

The first element of Arnesby, in the Guthlaxton Hundred of Leicestershire, is likely the Old Danish male personal name Iarund (Old Norse Iǫrundr) which might have given a Middle English form Erendes in the genitive. However, it has been argued that the specific element might be the Scandinavian appellative erendi ‘errand, message’ which may be an unrecorded byname. The second element is Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

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byname, Danish, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire V. English Place-Name Society LXXXVIII (2011), p. 4.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 4.