Ashby Folville

Ashby Folville, Leicestershire

Ashby Folville, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is either an Anglian and Old Norse hybrid name from Anglican æsc ‘an ash-tree’ and Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’ or the name may have undergone Scandinavianization. Some forms of the name show influence from Old Norse eski ‘an ash-tree’ and it has been suggested that by replaced an earlier Old English element. The suffix Folville comes from a family name because the location was held by Fulco de Foleuilla in the early part of Henry II’s reign.

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