Denby, Derbyshire

Denby, in the Morleyston and Litchurch Hundred of Derbyshire, takes its name from the Old English ethnonym Dene ‘a Dane’ and Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

Traditionally, the place-name has been interpreted as referring to a settlement of Danes. However, the exact implications of such a name are not yet fully understood and are the subject of ongoing work by Dr Jayne Carroll of the Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham.

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Danes, Derbyshire, ethnonym, hybrid name, place-name

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Jayne Carroll, forthcoming.

Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire II. English Place-Name Society Volume XXVIII  (1959), p. 444.