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.

Blakes Dale

Early-attested site in the Parish of Warter

Historical Forms

  • Blaykesdal' 12th Warter
  • Blaykedale 13th ib
  • Bleik 13th Selby


Blakes Dale (6″) is Blaykesdal '12thWarter , Blaykedale 13th ib.'Bleik 's valley,' v. dæl . The OScand  nickname Bleikr , OSwed  Bleker , Dan  Blek (DaPN 133), is found in ME as the surname of Alan Bleik 13th Selby and in several place-names, such as Blakeston (PN NbDu 24) and possibly Blake Street in York infra 283.