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

  • (mora de) Skeldhou, Eskeldhou a.1290 Furness
  • Schelhou, Scheldhow c.1290 ib


Apparently this name consists of ON  skjǫldr , 'shield,' followed by haugr, 'hill' or 'mound.' The exact meaning of this compound can hardly now be recovered.