Ashby Folville

Ashby Folville, Leicestershire

Ashby Folville, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is likely an Anglo-Scandinavian name coming from Old English æsc ‘ash-tree’ and Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’. Some spellings may show influence of Old Norse eski ‘a place growing with ash-trees’ or even Old English esce ‘a stand of ash-trees’ on the first element.

The suffix Folville comes from the de Folevill family who held the manor from the mid twelfth century until at least 1368.

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

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), pp. 98-99.