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.

Risley

Major Settlement in the Parish of Risley

Historical Forms

  • Riselei(a) 1086 DB
  • Risel(e), Rysel(e), Ryseleg', Ryselegh(e), Ryseley(e) 1212 RBE 1230 Cl 1236,1243 Fees c.1250 Dale 1440 Fine
  • Risley(e), Rysley(e), Rysle 1263,1283 Ipm 1327 Banco 1346 Cor
  • Reseleye 1263 Ipm
  • Risseley(e), Rysseley(e) 1281 Ass 1314 AddCh 1346 FA 1410 Fine
  • Rysell 1284 Ch

Etymology

'Brushwood clearing', v. hrīs , lēah .