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.

Mettcalfes hadland

Field in the Parish of Oadby

Historical Forms

  • Mettcalfes hadland 1661 Terrier
  • Medcalfes hadland 1674 Terrier
  • Medcafs hadland 1722 Terrier

Etymology

Mettcalfes hadland 1661, Medcalfes hadland 1674, Medcafs hadland 1722 (with the surn. Metcalfe, cf. William Meatecalf 1560 RFL; the surn. is from ME   mete-calf' a calf to be fattened up for eating', hence disparaging of a person' fat as a prize calf)