Thurcaston, Leicestershire

Thurcaston, in the West Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is a hybrid name. The first element comes from the Old Norse male personal name Þorketill, common in Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark throughout the whole of the medieval period and also common in Normandy before 1066. Þorketill is an older version of the Old Norse male personal name Þorkell. 

The second element is Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’.

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hybrid name, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire. Part Seven: West Goscote Hundred and the Leicestershire Parishes of Repton and Gresley Hundred. English Place-Name Society Volume XCI (2014), pp. 229-230.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 105.