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.

Fog Lane

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ellerton

Historical Forms

  • Fogges 1258 FF


Fog Lane (6″) is Fogges 1258 FF. Cf. also Mikelfogflat 1258 ib. ME  fogge (in Cleanness ), fogus (pl.) (in Audeley) North Country dialect fog in such senses as 'aftermath, long coarse grass left in the pastures till winter,' etc. The origin of the word is unknown, but Ekwall, PN La 255, suggests a Scandinavian origin and compares Norwegian dialect fogg 'tall thin grass, especially that growing on wet soil.' Jutland fog used of 'light soil,' which is possibly found in the Danish place-name Fogdal (DaSN(S) 99), may also be related.

Places in the same Parish