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 Whitehaven

Historical Forms

  • Corkekyll c.1210 StB
  • Corkykyll 1321 Ipm
  • Corkikel 1334 1338 Cl
  • Corkekel 1334 Ipm 1338 Cl
  • Corkekyll in villa de Egremont c.1382 StB
  • Corkeckle 1566 FF
  • Corketel, Corketol 1279 Ass
  • Corkeele 1578 Cocker


Ekwall (ScandCelts 88) suggests that this name was originally given to the spur of hill between Corkickle and the river Keekle, and that the first element is the Middle Irish corr , 'point, peak.' For the second element v. Keekle R. supra 18.