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.

Kirkeby Crossan

Early-attested site in the Parish of Stainburn


Other 13th-century charters in the St Bees Register refer to lands in Kirkecrossan and Kyrcros . The full form Kirkecrossan is clearly an inversion compound. It probably meant 'Crossan 's church,' Cros (s )án being an Old Irish personal name. It seems clear that a church or chapel existed on the site before the 13th century, but nothing seems to be known of its history (v. ScandCelts 28, StB 339).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement