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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Cottingham

Historical Forms

  • Lorteleghe 1282 YI
  • Lortley 1408 YI


Loatleys (6″) is Lorteleghe 1282 YI, Lortley 1408 YI. 'Dirty clearing,' from OE  lort , cognate with OScand  lort 'dirt,' dialectal lorty 'dirty,' cf. Ekwall, RN 259 and s. n. Hogs Mill River (PN Sr 4). The same word enters into Lurk Lane in Beverley supra 195. v. leah .