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 Caunton

Historical Forms

  • Torpa c.1150 Dane
  • Middelthorp' 1260 FF 1327 Banco
  • Middelthorp' juxta Calneton 1327 FF
  • Medylthorppe, Medilthorppe 13th WhiteBk
  • Medilthorp 1364 Cor
  • Medlethorpe 1535 VE


Middlethorpe is Torpa c. 1150 Dane, Middelthorp '1260FF , 1327 Banco, Middelthorp ' juxta Calneton 1327FF , Medylthorppe , Medilthorppe 13thWhiteBk , Medilthorp 1364Cor , Medlethorpe 1535 VE. Originally simply 'thorp,' 'outlying or dependent settlement,' v. þorp . Later distinguished as 'middle,' possibly because it lay between Knapthorpe and Dean Hall. Some of the ME  spellings show the influence of the cognate Scandinavian meðal .

Places in the same Parish