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.

The Swallow

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sutton upon Derwent

Historical Forms

  • Swalewe 1252 FF


The Swallow (6″) is Swalewe 1252 FF. The name is clearly connected with OE  *swalg (cf. OE geswelg , swelh ) 'gulf, pit, whirlpool'; it is in marshy land near a field called The Dimple (cf. Dimlington supra 17). It is also possible that as the early reference is to “a mill called Swalewe ” it is a nickname for a mill, 'the devourer' or the like.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement