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 Thornton Dale

Historical Forms

  • Rozebi, Rosebi 1086 DB
  • Roucesby 1250 Fees 1301 LS 1335 ForP 1408 For
  • Roxbie 1577 Saxton


'Rauth's farm' from the ON  pers. name Rauðr (LindN) and by. Cf. Roxby (LangE) 139infra . The spelling Rox - is due partly to influence of genuine Roxbys (from ON  Hrókr ) and partly to an inverted spelling arising from the change of ME x to z , which has confused the spelling of z from other sources in the dialect, cf. Moxby 29supra and Coxwold 191infra .