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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

  • Wannethwayth 1301 GDR
  • Wanthwait 1303 Ipm
  • Wanthwayte 1552 FF
  • Wanthott 1564 PR(Crosth)
  • Waynthwayte 1530 FF


The first element here is perhaps, as Professor Ekwall suggests, ON  hvǫnn 'Angelica archangelica'. The second element is þveit.