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 Birkby

Historical Forms

  • Bretebi 1086 DB
  • Brettebi, Bretteby 1088 LVD50d
  • Brytheby 1230 Pat
  • Breteby, Briteby 1249 Heal 1285 KI
  • Brytteby 1373 Test
  • Birtbye 1577 Saxton
  • Berkby 1316 Vill 16
  • Byrkbye 1581 FF


'The Britons' village' from ON  Breta -býr . Such a name might arise if any men of British descent from the north-west accompanied Viking settlers in their movements into Yorkshire.The term Brötar is used for British Celts in Scandinavian sources (cf. Zachrisson, Romans , Kelts , etc. 46–7).

Places in the same Parish