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 Uldale

Historical Forms

  • Ouerthwait 1305 For
  • Orthwait 1703 NicVisit


'Over þveit.'Why 'over' is not obvious. It lies near Over Water (supra 34) but the interpretation of that name is equally obscure.