English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

South Slealands

Early-attested site in the Parish of Arthuret

Historical Forms

  • Slalund, Slalaund 1276 Ass
  • Slanelond 1300 Ipm
  • Slelandes in Leaven 1590 Border
  • Sleylands 1602 NB
  • Slamed 1281 Ipm


Probably 'sloe wood or grove,' v. lundr . The first element is the Scandinavian cognate of OE  slā(h), 'sloe,' which appears in ODan  as slaaen and OSw  as slān . For the development of the n , v. Hellquist s. v. slån . Also in this neighbourhood was Slamed (1281 Ipm).