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Survey of English Place-Names

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Magott

Field in the Parish of Oadby

Historical Forms

  • Magott 1806 Map 1467×84 LTD

Etymology

Magott (sic) 1467 × 84 (this may be an incompletely - copied ecclesiastical register form (having lost hill ?) and prob. represents magotte' a grub, a maggot' rather than either Magg-ot, a diminutive of Magge, a pet - form of Margaret or a reduced maggot-pie' a magpie'; for the peasant, maggots such as the red maggot, the larva of the wheat - midge which seriously damaged ripening ears of corn and were therefore important, may well have given rise to a locational name; v. the following f.n.)