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Major Settlement in the Parish of Howden

Historical Forms

  • Metham 1268 Misc 1291 Dunelm 1316 NomVill 1828 Langd
  • Meteham 1432 YD


Probably 'mean, poor homestead' from OE  mǣte and ham. The land was formerly waste and marsh (cf. Nicholson 77). The second pronunciation must be a late spelling one.