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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bootle

Historical Forms

  • Hysemore in Seton 1391 ADiv
  • Hytemor
  • Haysmore 1551–3 ECP 1568 FF
  • Hysemore 1537 AOMB 1542 CWx
  • Hisemore 1571 FF
  • Hismore 1572 1613 CWii


The forms are too late and vary too much for any certain interpretation, but the name may possibly contain the obscure OE  word hysse , which apparently denoted some kind of water-plant. It seems to occur in Hurstbourne (Ha) and Husborne (Beds). Cf. PN BedsHu 118–19 and DEPN. For the second element. v. mōr .