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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Alne

Historical Forms

  • Alne, Alna 1086 DB c.1130 SD
  • Aulna 1167 P
  • Aune 1237 Ebor
  • Alen 1316 Vill
  • Awne 1402,1454 Test 1577 Saxton 1581 FF


Alne stands on the river Kyle to which the name must have referred originally. It is derived from some British name similar to Ptolemy's Alauna (= Allen, Scotland) or Alaunos (= Alne, Nb), which sometimes appears as OE  *lōn (v. RNY 11).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site