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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Welwick

Historical Forms

  • Orthwithflet 12th Meaux
  • Orwythfle(e)t 1197–1210 Melsa
  • Ortheflet t.John AddCh


Orwithfleet (lost) is Orthwithflet 12thMeaux , Orwythfle (e )t 1197–1210 Melsa et freq , Ortheflet t. JohnAddCh . Possibly 'fleot near the remote wood' from ON  or 'away from' (cf. Norw Urnes , NoGN xii, 47, etc.) and viðr . Cf. English Outwood .The first element may, as Professor Ekwall suggests, be OScand  urð 'broken ground.'

Places in the same Parish