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.

Mortcleves

Field in the Parish of Wyke Regis

Historical Forms

  • 1841 TA
  • Mortcleaus 1582 Ilch
  • Martcleaves 1582 Ilch

Etymology

Mortcleves(Mortcleaus, Martcleaves 1582(18), second el. is clif, cf.Bincleaves in Weymouth par. supra; the first el. may be eModE  morte'aharlot'(cf. Mortstreyte Gl 3 52), but cf. Mosterton par. infra)