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.

Fleswick Bay

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rottington


The latter name is discussed by Marstrander (112–14) and derived by him from ON  flesiu -vík . The second element is ON  vík, 'bay,' a word of which there seems to be no other example on the Cumbrian coast. The first element is a Norwegian word flesja , of which the commonest meaning seems to be 'slab' or 'flat stone.' This sense would be appropriate to the situation of Fleswick, which is a bay among the sharply stratified rocks of St Bees Head.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site

Major Settlement