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.

Kirk Hallam

Major Settlement in the Parish of Kirk Hallam

Historical Forms

  • Burhhalum 1011 Peniarth 13th
  • Halun 1086 DB 1195 P 1258 FF
  • Halen 1086 DB
  • Halum 1230 P c.1250 DbCh 1257 Ch 1287 Ebor 1417 HarlCh
  • Hallom 1291 Tax
  • Hallum 1328 SR
  • Halom(e) 1386 AddCh 1430,1433 del'Isle 1494,1500 Premon
  • Kyrkehallam Hy2 CartAnt
  • Kyrkhalam, Kirkhalam 1442 Middleton 1577 Saxton 1610 Speed
  • Kyrk(e)halum, Kirk(e)halum 1234,1238,1239 Dale 1243,1250 Fees 1545 DKR
  • Chirchealom 1237 RegLich
  • Chirchehalum 1243 Cl Hy3,1282,1291 LansdCh
  • Kyrkehale 1244 Fees
  • Kyrkhalom, Kirkhalom 1351 Cor 1450,1472 WollCh
  • Kyrkhalm 1276 RH

Etymology

'At the nooks of land', v. halh (dat.pl. halum ), -um ; cf. Halam (PN Nt 167–8). The original settlement presumably was made at Kirk Hallam, Kirk being added to the name when a new settlement was made a little to the west. The Scand form kirkja appears to have been applied from the first, though the native cirice has been noted as an alternative in the 13th century. Cf. Little and West Hallam infra 474 and 468.