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.

Postlethwaite (Ta)

Early-attested site in the Parish of Millom and Millom Rural

Historical Forms

  • manerium de Postelthayt, Posteltwaith Ass, Postelthweyt 1279 ib


In the latter case, the plaintiff said it was a manor, but the defendant said it was part of the vill of Kirksanton. There is no other recorded example of this place-name, but it is presumably the origin of the widespread Cumbrian family-name Postlethwaite . Unfortunately, the derivation of the name is obscure.Formally, it may contain the ON  postoli , 'apostle,' but there are no known religious associations of the site. The name should possibly be associated with Postle Meadow, a mile and a half to the south. v. þveit .