Goadby Marwood

Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire

The first element of Goadby Marwood, in the Framland Hundred of Leicestershire, comes from the Old Norse male personal name Gauti (genitive singular Gauta), which is either a short form of names in Gaut- or is derived from an original byname meaning ‘a man from Gautland’. The second element of the place-name is the Old Norse element by ‘a farmstead, a village’.

The affix Marwood is the family name of Gaufridus Maureward who held the manor in 1247. The manor remained in the family until at least 1428.  The affix Marwood distinguishes the township from Goadby, in the Gartree Hundred of Leicestershire.

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Viking Names


byname, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 40.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire II. English Place-Name Society LXXVIII (2002), p. 125.