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Survey of English Place-Names

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Flower Lds

Field in the Parish of Charminster

Historical Forms

  • 1837 TA
  • ( North ) Florlande l13 Ilch
  • Florelond 1345 Rent
  • Flowre Land ( e ) ( s ) 1606 Lane
  • Flower Land ( e ) ( s ) 1606 Lane

Etymology

Flower Lds((North) Florlande l13,Florelond 1345, Flowre Land(e)(s), Flower Land(e)(s) 1606(1770)(v. land; this f.n.,with analogies in several other pars., could be from OE  flōr'a floor, apavement', but it is perhaps from ME flour'flower' in the sense'growingwith wild flowers' or'the choicest, the best'; however, Professor Löfvenbergnotes:'In view of the ME forms with o, I am inclined to believe that thefirst el. is OE  flōr, whatever its exact meaning may be in this compound, cf.DEPN s.n. Floore Nth and dial. floor'grass-meadow' in Cornwall(EDD s.v.floor sense 6)')