Keythorpe, Leicestershire

Keythorpe, in the Gartree Hundred of Leicestershire, is an Anglo-Scandinavian hybrid from the Old English male personal name Keyia or Keia and Old Norse þorp ‘a secondary settlement, a dependent outlying farmstead or hamlet’. It was a daughter settlement of Tugby, which it is now a joint parish with.

Alternatively, the first element could be the Old English male personal name Cœga, but this seems to be too early of a name to pair with þorp. The Old English element cœ‘a stone’ has also been suggested; however, the drift ecology does not reflect this postulation.

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Viking Names


hybrid name, Leicestershire, place-name, thorpe

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), p. 259.