Hawerby, Lincolnshire

Now joined with Beesby, Hawerby is in the Haverstoe Wapentake of Lincolnshire, which has also been joined with Bradley Wapentake to form Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake.

The name comes from an Old Norse male personal name Hávarðr plus the Old Norse element by ‘farmstead, village’. Interestingly, the same personal name is found in the wapentake name, Haverstoe, which combines it with the Old Norse element haugr ‘mound’. As Kenneth Cameron put it, ‘the coincidence is too great to avoid the conclusion that both are named from the same man. The site of the wapentake meeting-place is almost certainly a mound in the parish of Hawerby’. It has been suggested that the mound in question is a prehistoric round barrow (of which there is little or no trace today, as a result of ploughing) at TF 254 977, which has a fine view of the Humberside levels.

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


administration, landscape, Lincolnshire, place-name

Further information

This object is related to Hawerby cum Beesby, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Hawerby cum Beesby, Lincolnshire.


Image © Jonathan Thacker, via Geograph, CC BY 2.0


Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 61.

Kenneth Cameron with John Field and John Insley, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire IV, English Place-Name Society Volume LXXI (1995), pp. 47-8, 108-9.