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Survey of English Place-Names

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' a place of land called la Dayne '

Field in the Parish of Dorchester St Peter & All Saints

Historical Forms

  • ' a place of land called la Dayne ' 1841 TA
  • ' a place of land called le Dayne ' 1397 DorR 1411 DorR 1483 Ct
  • le Deane 1545 DorR
  • ' a passage called the Dane or Dene ' 1585 Hutch
  • cujusdam Dayne terre 1423 DorR
  • vnam quantitatem terre vocate a Dayne 1444 DorR
  • Deane 1545 DorR

Etymology

'a place of land called la Dayne','a place of land called le Dayne' 1397, 1411, 1483, le Deane 1545,'a passage called the Dane or Dene' 1585(these names, all within the old town, probably representdistinct pieces of ground; the same el. occurs in DorR in independent use todenote a measure of land, e.g. cujusdam Dayne terre 1423, vnam quantitatem terre vocate a Dayne 1444, one Deane 1545, cf. Kt  dial. dene also used of ameasure of land(EDD s.v. dean), and it is possibly OE  denu'valley' usedin some specialized sense; however Professor Löfvenberg considers that thelate ME diphthongal spellings tell against this, and that for the present itsorigin must be left open)