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.

Southwaite (in Blindbothel parish) and Southwaite Mill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Eaglesfield

Historical Forms

  • molendinum de Sowewad 1308 Greenfieldiii
  • molend. de Sowthudytt 1527 Netherhall
  • Southwayte 1543 MinAcct
  • Southwath Mylne 1570 ExchKR


v. vað . There is still a ford by the Mill. The first element is uncertain. In view of the form of 1308 it cannot be 'south.' It is not impossibly ON  sauðr , 'sheep,' which occurs in sautheberch infra in this parish.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement