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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Holme Low

Historical Forms

  • Seuyll' 1377 GDR
  • Sevyll, Sevayll 1538 MinAcct
  • Sevell 1581–97 CW(OS)x 1604 Ct
  • Sevyle 1604 DKRxxxviii
  • Ceuill 1635 Ct
  • Sevill 1649 ParlSurv


v. cot(e). It is perhaps a compound of sef and w(i)elle, hence 'rush spring' or 'stream.' It lies in marshy ground.