English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Burton by Lincoln

Historical Forms

  • Hathay in campo de Carleton 1329 Ass
  • pasture vocat hothey iuxta Burton 1468 LCCA
  • pastur' de Hothey 1510 BP
  • pasture called Hathowe 1582 DCLB
  • Farmers of Hadday 1695 BurPar
  • Haddow 1668 BurPar 1725 PR 1762 Grundy
  • Haddo 1810 Map
  • Hathow 1842 White
  • Hodda Farm 1847 TA
  • Hodda's Farmstead 1847 TA


'Raised piece of untilled land or waste', the second el. being ēg (or ON  ey). The first el. is *hāð, an unrecorded side-form of hǣð . It should be noted that OE  hǣð m./n. has undergone a change of gender in OE , cf. Gothic haiþi f., ON  heiðr f. < Germanic *haiþ - . OE  *hāð belongs to the Germanic a -declension and has an exact cognate in Celtic *caito - 'wood'. For ME reflexes of OE  *hāð, see MEDq. v. The interchange of ME <o> and <a> for OE /ɑ:/ in ME spellings is what we would expect on the boundary between Southumbrian /ɔ:/ and Northumbrian /a:/ in ME for OE /ɑ:/.