Rotherby, Leicestershire

Rotherby, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, comes from the Old Norse male personal name Hreiðarr and the Old Norse element by ‘farm, settlement’. The personal name here might be the same as that in Rearsby, Leicestershire. 

Later forms of the name show influence from Middle English rother ‘an ox’.

Rotherby is now a joint parish with Hoby.

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Viking Names


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. 86.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), pp. 121-122.