Kilby, Leicestershire

Kilby, in the Guthlaxton Hundred of Leicestershire, was probably an Old English compound from Old English cild (cilda genitive plural) ‘a child, a young person, a boy, a son (usually implying noble birth)’ and Old English tun ‘an enclosure; a farmstead; a village; an estate’. The place-name underwent Scandinavianization with the generic tun being replaced with Old Norse by ‘a farmstead, a village’ and the use of an initial Old Norse for the Old English initial ch.

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hybrid name, Leicestershire, place-name

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire V. English Place-Name Society LXXXVIII (2011), p. 107.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 57.