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.

Greetwell

Major Settlement in the Parish of Greetwell

Historical Forms

  • Grentewelle 1086 DB
  • Gretwella c1115 LS lHy2 Dane
  • Gretwalla R1 Ch 1308
  • Gretwell(e) e13 LNQ
  • Gretwell' c1220 RAiv 1242–3 Fees 1274 RRGr 1387 Peace
  • Gretwelle 1261 RRGr 1316 Pat 1360,1391,1427 Cl
  • Gretwell 1317 1343 NI 1347 Pat 1362 1362,1391 Cl 1406 Pat 1428 FA
  • Gretwel' 1327 SR
  • Gretewella 1121 Ch 1308
  • Gretewelle 1120–2 YCh 1146,1163 RAi 1319 Pat
  • Gretewell' 1218,1219 Ass 1242 Fees 1254 ValNor 1275–6 RH ?1280–90 SR 1332 Barl 1379
  • Gretewell 1219–40 AD 1246–7 RRG 1260 1316 1343 Ipm
  • Gretewel 1274–5 RH
  • Grettewella a1219 Welles
  • Grettewell 1246–7 RRG 1247 FF 1317 Pat 1318 Cl
  • Greitwell' 1237 Fees
  • Greitwell 1534 WillsStow 1535 VE
  • Gratewell' 1260 Cl
  • Gretham 1526 Sub
  • Greatewell 1563 Pat
  • Grotewell 1576 Saxton

Etymology

'The gravelly spring', v. grēot , grjót , wella , an etymology described by DLPN 53 as 'topographically appropriate'. Forms in Grete - and Great - reflect contamination by grēat 'large' in the ME and EModE periods as a result of popular etymology.

Places in the same Parish

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