Barkby, Leicestershire

Barkby, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is a Scandinavian compound from the Old Norse male personal name Bark, from either Barki (genitive singular Barka), or BarkrBǫrkr (genitive singular Barkar) combined with Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

A late form of the name, Mikeberkby, is prefixed by the Old Norse element mikill ‘great’ to distinguish it from its neighbouring daughter settlement Barkby Thorpe.

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Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Image © Mat Fascione, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0

Image © Mat Fascione, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0


Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 6.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), p. 21.