Hoby, Leicestershire

Hoby, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is an Anglo-Scandinavian hybrid name from Old English hoh ‘a heel; a sharply projecting piece of ground’ and Old Norse by ‘A farmstead, a village’. The name is topographically appropriate because the present village sits at the foot of a great spur of land which abuts the River Wreake. Hoby is now a joint parish with Rotherby.

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hybrid name, landscape, Leicestershire, place-name

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Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 49.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), p. 113.