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.

Ewanrigg

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ellenborough and Ewanrigg

Historical Forms

  • Ouerig' c.1174 HolmC
  • Ouerinc 1190–5 P
  • Wnering 1188,1189 P
  • Unerigg(e) 1368 NB 1436 FF 1610 Speed
  • Onerigg' 1391 GDR
  • Hunrigge 1578 Netherhall
  • Unrigge 1580 Border
  • Euenrigg' in Allerdale 1295 Ass
  • Ewanrigg al. Unerigge 1576 S
  • Ewanrigg 1703 NicVisit
  • Ouenrig 1332 SR 1341 Ass 1394 GDR
  • Ovenrigge, Ovynrrygge 1406 Cl
  • Eunrigg Hall 1809 PR(Crosth)

Etymology

Probably 'ewes' ridge' (v. hrycg ), from OE  eōwena , gen. pl. of eōwu , 'ewe,' as suggested in DEPN. The present form has doubtless been influenced by the unfounded belief that “the place was called at first from one Ewan who was a Scotch king or chieftain” (NB ii, 113).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement