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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirklington

Historical Forms

  • Opsala, Upsale 1086 DB
  • Oppeslunde 1184 RichReg
  • Upselund 1280 Ass
  • Uppeslunde 1285 KI
  • Uppeslounde 1301 LS
  • Uppeslond 1406 YI
  • Uppislande 1556 FF
  • Upesland 1571 FF


The DB form Upsale means 'upper hall' (v. Upsall 158supra ).The first element of the later spellings can hardly be from ON  ups , 'steep cliff,' which is common in Norw place-names (Rygh, NG Indledning 83), for though the house is on the top of a small hill there is no cliff or steep bank in the neighbourhood.Probably it is really Uppes (ale )lund from the name of the place mentioned in DB and lundr.

Places in the same Parish