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.

Feather Knott

Early-attested site in the Parish of Distington

Historical Forms

  • Frotheu a.1230,a.1246 HolmC
  • Frotheouflatte 1246 ib
  • Frothou 1292 Ass
  • Frodhou 1321 Ipm
  • Froichou otherwyse callyd Frostyknotte 15th HolmC
  • Frothowe p.1500 StB


So far as can be seen, the first element here is the ON  personal name Fróði . The second is certainly haugr. The eccentric form Froichou comes from a late and ill-written note on the fly-leaf of the Carlisle copy of the Holm Cultram cartulary.