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.

Hemsby

Major Settlement in the Parish of Hemsby

Historical Forms

  • Hemesbei, Heimesbei, Haimesbei 1086 DB
  • Heimesbi c.1200 NfD
  • Heynesby 1257 Ass
  • Hem(m)esby 1103–6 BM 1121–45,1140–45(p),1248 NCReg 1215to1340 FF 1248 Ch 1250to1286 Ass 1254–75 Val 1275 RH 1289 Ipm 1316 FA 1330,1472 Pat 1361 Cl 1361,1379 BM 1388to1457 AD 1509–10 SP 1535 VE 1551 Pat
  • Hem(m)esbi 1136–45 BM 1177 P 1198 FF 1199 Abbrev
  • Hem(m)isby 1250 Ass 1261 Cl 1275 RH
  • Hemmysby 1443 FF 1557 AD

Etymology

The majority of the spellings suggest the gen. of a pers.n. *Hēmer , a name best evidenced in West Scandinavian, OWScand  Heimir , gen. Heimis , and . Ekwall (DEPN) reckons with an ODan  *Hēmer , an interpretation accepted by Insley (201 f.). The OSwed  pers.n. *Hēmer has been postulated on the basis of place- names (LB 99). v. Sandred 1988: 13 f.

Places in the same Parish

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