English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitehaven

Historical Forms

  • Harras c.1220 StB 1338 Cl
  • Harres 1447 StB
  • Arras parke p.1500 ib
  • parcus de Harres prope Branstye, Harris 1540 MinAcct
  • Harrais c.1220 StB early14th StMaryY
  • Harreys c.1220 HolmC 1285 Ass
  • Hareys 1288 Orig
  • Herres 1544 MinAcct
  • Harashowe p.1500 StB


In the neighbourhood was Harashowe p. 1500 StB.This is probably, as Professor Ekwall suggests, ON  *hær , 'stone,' as in Harome (PN NRY 70), hreysi.