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.

Swabies (field)

Early-attested site in the Parish of Holme Abbey

Historical Forms

  • Swalebymire 1292 Ass
  • Swaby 1538 AOMB 1605 LRMB


The second element is . For the first, the solitary medieval form suggests derivation from the well-recorded ON  svali , 'swallow,' here probably used as a personal name. A lost Swaile Roddinges occurs in this neighbourhood in 1649ParlSurv .