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 Clothall

Historical Forms

  • Luffenheðe c.940 BCS737 14th
  • Lufenelle, Lufenhate 1086 DB
  • Luffehale, Luvehale 1181 StPaulsDB
  • Luffenhale 1222 t.Ed6 Add
  • Luffenhalegrave 1205–20 ADi
  • Luffenhalebridge, Luffenhale streate t.Ed6 Add
  • Loffenhall dane, Luffenhalle 1256 StPauls
  • Lufnale 1474 ib
  • Luffenell valle 1495 ib
  • Luffnell 1726 FF


'Luffa 's corner of land,' v. healh , denu . For the personal name cf. Luffland (PN D 157) and Luffenham (R), Lufenham 1086 DB, Luffenham 1167 P. The OE form and the second DB form suggest that there was once a heath near by named after the same man.