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Survey of English Place-Names

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Worlaby

Major Settlement in the Parish of Worlaby

Historical Forms

  • Uluricebi, Vluricebi 1086 DB
  • Wirichebi 1086 DB
  • Wulfrichesbi c.1115 LS
  • Wolurikesbi 1202 Ass
  • Wulurikesbi 1209 P
  • Wlfriohebi (sic) c.1115 LS
  • Wlfrechebi c.1115 LS
  • Wulurikebi 1202,1219 Ass
  • Wulfrikeby Hy2 Stix l13 LAHW 1209–35 FF 1231
  • Wlfrikeby 1229 Cur 1268 Ch
  • vulfrikeby 1301 FF
  • Wulfrichebi Hy3 HarlCh
  • Wlfricbie 1148–52 LAASvii c.1150 TYR
  • Wlfricbi 1212 Fees
  • Wlfricbia 1212 ib
  • Wlrikeby eHy2 NCot e13 ValNor 1254 RRGr 1271 HMCRutl 1289
  • Wlrykeby 1291 Tax
  • Wolrikeb' 1185 Templar
  • Wolrikeby 1271–72 Ass 1298 Ass 1328 Banco 1335 Pat
  • Wolrykeby 1271 Ass
  • Wolrickeby 1287 ib
  • Wulrikeby 1226 FF 1242–43 Fees 1282 FF 1289 Cl 1338 Pat
  • Wolrekeby 1291 Tax
  • Wolrickby 1314 Ipm
  • Wolricby (iuxta Bondeby) 1314 FF 1343 NI 1346 FA 1373,1375,1376 Peace
  • Wolrikby 1315 Ipm 1316 FA 1332 SR 1354 Cor
  • Wolrikby “by Elsham” 1360 Cl 1362 Pat 1387 Peace
  • Wolrykby 1327 SR 1431 FA 1534 AS
  • Wolrichby 1315 Cl
  • Wolrekby 1428 FA 1534 AS
  • Wlricbi 1238–43 Fees 1289 Ipm
  • Wolrigby 1303 FA 1335 Pat 1346 FA 1354 Fine 1412 AS 1428 FA 1448 Ass
  • Wolriby 1354 Orig 1354 Ipm 1373,1381 Peace
  • Wolryby 1328 FA
  • Wulryby 1338 Misc
  • Wlreby 1402 FA
  • Worleby 1395 Peace
  • Worleby iuxta Elsham 1420–21 AD 1449–53 ECPxii
  • Worleby “by Saxby” 1460,1461 Pat 1494 Ipm 1526 Sub 1664 Terrier
  • Worlebie 1553 Pat 1562–67 LNQv
  • Worlebee 1695 Pryme
  • Worleyby 1538–39 Dugdvi
  • Worlyby 1542 AS
  • Wurleby 1502 Ipm
  • Worlaby 1478 FF
  • Worlaby al's Worletby 1636 AS 1668,1674,1678 Terrier
  • Worlaby alias Worletby 1717 LCC
  • Worlaby otherwise Worletby 1764 ib
  • Worlabie 1552 Pat
  • Worlabey 1574 AS
  • Worlabye 1576 Saxton 1610 Speed 1638 Monson 1724,1730 Terrier
  • Worelaby 1535 VEiv
  • Werliby 1402 Cl
  • Wirlaby 1491 Ipm
  • Wirleby 1519 DVi
  • Worletby 1546,1577,1619 AS 1638,1690,1697,1703 Terrier
  • Worletbye 1539 LPxiv
  • Worletbye alias Worlebye 1594 AS
  • Worletbie 1573 1579,1601,1606,1612 Terrier
  • Worlettbie c.1580 AS
  • Wollerby 1402 AS

Etymology

'Wulfrīc's farmstead or village', from the OE  pers.n. Wulfrīc and Scand. , identical with Worlaby in Hill Wapentake LSR. The two DB spellings in Ulu - presumably are Scandinavianised forms. It is noteworthy that only a bare handful of spellings with the OE  gen.sg. -es has so far been noted for this name. On the other hand forms in medial -e - are very common from DB to the late 13th century and probably represent the ODan gen.sg. in -a , as suggested by Ekwall, IPN 62, rather than being a svarabhaktic vowel between -c - and -b -. It is sometimes described as near Bonby, Elsham and Saxby All Saints.

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