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

  • Sualewehurst 1228–43 DuLa
  • Swalewehurst 1259 ib
  • Swaleyhyrst 1570 LowtherW


The first element is presumably OE  swealwe , 'swallow'; the second is hyrst, 'wooded hill.'