Blaby, Leicestershire

Blaby, in the Guthlaxton Hundred of Leicestershire, likely comes from the unrecorded Old Norse male personal name Blár, which appears to be a byname from the Old Norse adjective blár ‘dark’, combined with the Old Norse element by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

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byname, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire V. English Place-Name Society LXXXVIII (2011), p. 32.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 11.