Early-attested site in the Parish of Hatherleigh
- Fislega 1228 FF
- Fislegh 1242 Fees781
- Fisseleg 1244 Ass
- Middelfishlegh(e) 1302 Ass 1318 FF
- Westfuslegh 1362 ADii
- Fishleghe 1408 IpmR
This name seems to be a compound of OE fisc , 'fish,' and leah, but the reason for such a name is obscure. West Fishleigh (6″) is still marked on the map, as also Stone Fishleigh, Bishop's Fishleigh, Spear's Fishleigh, Arnold's Fishleigh and Grove's Fishleigh. Which of these was 'Middle' is not clear. Cf. Fishley (Nf), Fischele 1278, Fisshele , Fyshele 1295 Ipm.