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 Bootle

Historical Forms

  • Seleker c.1205 Hesley
  • Selker 1390 ADiv
  • Seltar in Bootle 1730 PR(Millom)
  • Selkers Bay 1794 H


The second element here is kiarr. The first is probably ON  selja, 'willow.'