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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Askerton

Historical Forms

  • Dallerlyne 1598 Border
  • the Dallerline 1603 Gilsland
  • Dollerline 1618 Naworth


The first element is the Welsh  dôl , which meant originally 'the loop of a river,' then 'the land within the loop,' so that its modern meaning is usually 'river-side meadow,' found already in a poem (probably of the 10th cent.) translated by K. Jackson, Celtic Nature Poetry , pp. 53, 76. The second element is the Welsh  preposition ar , 'on,' as in Pont-ar-dulais (Glamorgan). The third element is the name of the R. Lyne supra 21.