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.

Cranesworth

Field in the Parish of Market Harborough

Historical Forms

  • Cranesworth 1439 MktHPR

Etymology

Cranesworth 1439, Craneworth 1485, 1507, 1523 (v. worð; the specific could be cran' a crane' (hence' enclosure near which cranes are seen', cf. Cranworth, Nf), but it may be that the sb. is here used as a by - name for a man with long legs; as a surn., Crane is current from the 12th cent.)