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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bubwith

Historical Forms

  • Gunelby 1066–9 Selby
  • Gundeby 1070–83 ib
  • Bonnebi (sic) 1086 DB
  • Gunneby 1154 Selby 1354 Selby
  • Gunby 1154,late12th Selby 1314 Ch 1553 FF
  • Guneby 1195–1214,1320 Selby


'Gunhild 's farmstead,' v. by . The first two spellings of Gunby suggest that we have as first element the pers. name Gunnhildr or the like, a Scandinavian woman's name found frequently as Gunnil (d ) in England (cf. NP 55–6), reduced subsequently in the place-name to Gunne .

Places in the same Parish