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

  • Flathwayth c.1180–94 YCh
  • Flathewath(e) 1207 Easby 1251 Ass 1252 Ass 1259 Ass 1282 YI 1301 LS
  • Flaþewath 1289 For
  • Flathewat' 1295 For
  • Flatwath 1316 Vill
  • Flawythe, Flawith 1316 KF Eliz FF 1582


The second element is ON  vað, 'ford.' Professor Ekwall suggests that the first element is the same word as Norw  flade , Sw  dial. flada , 'flat-meadow.' The whole name would then mean 'ford by the flat meadow-land.' Dr Lindkvist notes evidence for Norw  *flað - with the same meaning as flat -, in Flaðkar (Rygh, NG xiv, 323).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site