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.

Loose Howe

Early-attested site in the Parish of Middleton

Historical Forms

  • Lushov, Lushou c.1200 Guis 1223
  • Lowsohowes 15 Whitby
  • Lowsehowes 1619 NRS


Cf. OE  lusebyrge (Herts) BCS 745, Lusabeorg BCS 699, and lusdun BCS 1020, which all contain OE  lūs 'louse.' v. haugr .'Louse mound.' One should also note the ON  name Lúsi (LindBN) from ON  lús . Perhaps here a pers. name would give the better sense.