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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Stanwix

Historical Forms

  • Ricardeby 1246 Ipm 1295 et freq
  • Ricardby 1320 Ipm 1498 et freq
  • Richardby 1303 Weth
  • Rychardby 1535 VE
  • Recardby 1565 CCt
  • Ricarby 1578 CWxiv
  • Ricaby 1585 FF
  • Rikarbie 1675 Sandford


'Richard 's ,' from OGer  Ricard . It is not impossible that the original Ricard of Rickerby was identical with the Ricard whose name is preserved in Rickergate, the street leading northwards from the centre of Carlisle to the bridge across the Eden.