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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn

Historical Forms

  • Armabothe 1530 FF
  • Armabeth 1552 FF
  • Arbourth, Arburth 1563,1564 PR(Crosth)
  • Armebutche 1571 CantWiii
  • Armeboth 1573 FF
  • Armebath 1576 S
  • Arneboth 1576 FF


Cf. Armbothewhate 1599 PR (Crosth) in this area.

The second element in this name seems to be the Old Danish bōþ, 'booth.' The first element is uncertain. It may be the ME  armite , ermite , 'hermit,' but an ON  personal name Armi , short for ON  Arnmóðr , is also possible.