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.

Mapperley

Major Settlement in the Parish of Mapperley

Historical Forms

  • Maperlie 1086 DB
  • Maperleya, Maperley(e), Maperleg(e), Maperleygh, Maperlee, Maperlay e.13th Darley 1255,1258,1259 FF 1266 Ipm 1267 Ch 1269 Ass
  • Mapirleg', Mapirle, Mapirley(e), Mapirlegh 1243 Fees 1265 Misc 1276 RH Ed1 WollCh 1415 RegChich
  • Mapyrley 1430 EveryCh
  • Mapurley 1362 Ipm 1385 Pat 1402 Fine 1404 Middleton 1431 FA 1501 Ipm
  • Mapley 1577 DbAi

Etymology

Perhaps 'maple clearing', v. mapel , lēah , with dissimilation of -ll - to -rl -. Alternatively, the first el. may be a shortened form of mapul- dor 'maple-tree', as Ekwall suggests (DEPN).