Carlton Curlieu

Carlton Curlieu, Leicestershire

Carlton Curlieu, in the Gartree Hundred of Leicestershire, is a partly Scandinavianized form of Old English Ceorlenatun, from Old English ceorl (ceorlena genitive plural, Old Norse karl, genitive plural karla) ‘a freeman of the lower class, a peasant’ combined with Old English tun ‘an enclosure; a farmstead; a village; an estate’.

The feudal affix Curlieis the family name of William de Curley who held the manor in 1253.


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Leicestershire, place-name

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire IV. English Place-Name Society LXXXIV (2009), p. 27.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 21.