Worlaby, Lincolnshire

Worlaby, in the Yarborough Wapentake of Lincolnshire, is a hybrid name coming from the Old English male personal name Wulfric and Old Norse by ‘farm, settlement’, identical with Worlaby in the Hill Wapentake of Leicestershire, now a lost village.  

The two Domesday book spellings in Ulu- are presumably Scandinavianised forms.


Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


hybrid name, Lincolnshire, place-name

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Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire II. English Place-Name Society Volume LXIV/LXV (1991), pp. 302-3. 

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), pp. 79.