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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of South Cave

Historical Forms

  • Flaxflet(e) 1185 Templar 1202,1552,1559 FF
  • Faxflet(e) 1190 YCh 1566 FF
  • Faxffleyte 1379 Poll
  • Faxeflet(e) 1226 LeonardN 1301 Ch
  • Flaxlett 1598 FF
  • Faxlet 1650 ParlSurv


The first element is possibly the OScand  pers. name Faxi , or OE  feax 'hair,' used of 'coarse grass.' For the latter cf. Halifax (WRY), Bellyfax (PN NRY 84), Vox End and Flexborough (PN Sx 337, 362). On the occasional Fl - or F - cf. PN Sx 362 and note. 'Faxi 's stream' or 'stream near which coarse grass grows,' v. fleot . v. Addenda lx.

Places in the same Parish