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Survey of English Place-Names

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frebyland

Field in the Parish of Wold Newton

Historical Forms

  • frebyland eHy2 Alv

Etymology

frebyland Hy3(13)(Dr Insleycomments “the first el. is comparable with that of the medievalNorwegian p.n. Frøland, which Magnus Olsen took to be ONorw  *frøy -used in connection with the suitability of the land for sowing as arable,cf. also ON  frær, frjór'fertile', and for further discussion, Norsk stadnamnleksion, ed. J. Sandnes and O. Stemshaug, Oslo 1976, snn. Frøgn,Heggen og Frøland. The L frebyland then denotes'fertile land, landsuitable for sowing as arable belonging to the village', v. , land”)