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.

Wythop

Major Settlement in the Parish of Wythop

Historical Forms

  • Wizope 1195 FF
  • Wythorpe 1260 Scotland
  • Withorp 1381 Pat
  • Wythorp 1383 GDR
  • Withorppe 1777 NB
  • Wythope 1279 MinAcct
  • in Braithwayt 1370 Cl
  • Wythehop 1307 Pat
  • Wythehope in Derwentefelles 1318 ib
  • Whethope 1383 Pat
  • Wethop 1505 Cocker
  • Wedoppe 1537 CW(OS)xiv
  • Wedupp(e) 1566 Lowther
  • Widdopp 1575 PR(Crosth)
  • Widdup al. Withop 1601 DKRxxxviii
  • Widehope 1576 S

Etymology

'Withy valley,' cf. wīðig, hop . The name is correctly explained by Denton (37) as “salicum convallis.” The later forms suggest that the first element was taken to be wide . The -z - in the 1195 form indicates the Anglo-Norman pronunciation of OE -ð -.