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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Nicholforest

Historical Forms

  • Nicholeforest 1279 Ass 1281 Ipm
  • Nicholforest 1292 Ass
  • Nycoleforest, Forest Nicole, Nicolesforest 1292 Ass
  • the Forest Nicol 1299 Scotland
  • Nicolforest 1300 Ipm
  • foresta Nichi 1340 GDR
  • the forest of Nicholas in the parish of Artureth 1346 Cl
  • Nicolle Forrest 1552 Bullock
  • Nickollfforest 1686 CW(OS)viii
  • the Forrest Quarter 1737 CW(OS)viii


It is probable that, as stated by NB (ii, 464), the forest took its name from Nicholas de Stuteville, who held the barony of Liddesdale t. John.