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.

Scoat Fell

Early-attested site in the Parish of Nether Wasdale

Historical Forms

  • le Scote in Bouthdale 1338 Cl
  • Leescote of Bowlderdale 1578 Cocker


Professor Ekwall derives from ON  skot , 'projecting piece of land, especially high land,' 'rising hill,' sometimes 'place where timber is shot down a hill,' well evidenced in Norway (NG v, 288, xiii, 135).