Boothorpe, in the West Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, probably comes from the Old Danish male personal name Bo (Old Norse Búi) and the Old Norse element þorp ‘outlying farm, settlement’.
Alternatively, the first element of the place-name could be Old English boga or Old Norse bogi ‘bow’ which would be topographically appropriate because the settlement lies on a curving hilltop.
- Viking Names
- Danish, landscape, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name, thorpe
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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire. Part Seven: West Goscote Hundred and the Leicestershire Parishes of Repton and Gresley. English Place-Name Society Volume XCI (2016), p. 21.
Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 13.