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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Felley

Historical Forms

  • Felley', Felleia t.Hy2 Felley c.1500
  • Felleya t.Hy2 Ch 1316 Ebor 1268 BM 1285
  • Felley(e) 1280 Ass 1281 FF 1291 Tax 1305 Pat 1308 Ebor
  • Fellay 1280 Ass
  • Feleya, Feleia 1194 Holtzmann
  • Falleḡ 1240 FF 1244 Cl
  • Falley 1250 ib
  • Fillay 1368 Wills


Were it not for the forms in a this name would seem to be an exact parallel to Fellow (PN Sr 115), with earliest form Felelegh , which was interpreted as 'wood of the fellies' (OE  felg , 'felly'), i.e. where such were cut. The Fall - forms make derivation from OE  fealg , fealh , 'fallow land,' as suggested in DEPN, more probable. Hence 'clearing with fallow land.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name