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.

Grease Nooke

Field in the Parish of Oadby

Historical Forms

  • Grease Nooke 1722 Terrier

Etymology

Grease Nooke 1722 (v. nōk; perh. with græs (cf. Greshadland, infra), but OE   smeoru and ON   smjǫr, both meaning' grease, fat, butter', were used of rich pasturage where such foodstuffs were produced; hence perh. the specific is indeed grease, which in 18th - cent. dialect may have been used in a similar way as smeoru, smjǫr in earlier f. ns.)