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Survey of English Place-Names

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Kilnwick Percy

Major Settlement in the Parish of Kilnwick Percy

Historical Forms

  • Chelingewic, Chileuuic, Chilleuuinc 1086 DB
  • Kyllyngwyc(h), Kyllyngwyk(e), Killyngwyc(h) 12th YD 1160–5 RegAlb 1208 FF 1301 Ebor
  • Kyllyngwyc(h) Perci 1303 KF
  • Kyllyngwyc(h) juxta Pokelington 1385 YD
  • Kylingwic early13th Warter
  • Killingewic, Killingewik 1218 FF 1246 Ass 1300 Ch
  • Kiuillinwic (sic) 1231 FF
  • Kylnewyke Parcy 1519 FF
  • Kyl(l)wike Perseye 1539 NCWills
  • Kyl(l)wike Percy 1545 FF


'Dairy-farm of Cylla or of Cylla and his people,' v. ing , wic and cf. Nunkeeling supra 79. If the spelling Kiuillin - is in any way reliable we might think of an OE  Cyfel , an unrecorded diminutive of Cufa (Redin 90), with early assimilation of fl to ll . An unmutated variety of this name, Cufela , is found in Cuttinglye Wood(PN Sx 281) and Collendean (PN Sr 293). This place was associated with the Percy family from the 12th century (cf. YCh 749).

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