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.

Little Bowden

Major Settlement in the Parish of Market Harborough

Historical Forms

  • Parva ~, Parua ~ 1220 Fees 1247 RGros 1535 VE 1541 MktHPR
  • ~ Parva, ~ Parua 1346 MktHPR 1398 Braye 1515 MktHPR 1535 VE
  • The Lasse ~ 1450×53 ECP
  • Litell ~ 1464 Nichols
  • Litull ~ 1509 MktHPR
  • Litill ~ 1517 ib
  • Lytyll ~ 1528 ib
  • Little ~ 1610 Speed

Etymology

For forms and interpretation, v. Great Bowden supra .

Little Bowden, lying south of the river Welland which formed the original county boundary in the south-east, was transferred from Northants. in 1888. For the affixes, v. lȳtel , lasse and note MLat  parva 'small'.

Places in the same Parish