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.

Leigh

Major Settlement in the Parish of Leigh

Historical Forms

  • Lalege 1086 DB
  • la Leia, Leia, Leya, Leye c.1210 GlR 1241 FF 1287 Ass 1503 Ipm
  • la Legh, Legh 1248 Ass 1288 Cl 1378 Ass 1478 Pat
  • Leg c.1260 GlR
  • ye Leygh, the Leygh, ye Leigh(e), the Leigh(e) 1377 Talbot 1348 FF 1830 M
  • (la) Lee 1378 Ass 1379 Ipm 1437 IpmR
  • le Lye, the Lye 1415 Cl 1453 FF 1794 PR
  • Ligh(e) 1473 Pat 1560 FF

Etymology

'The forest-glade or clearing', v. lēah ; the frequent use of the def.art. is interesting (v. le ).