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Survey of English Place-Names

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Marlock Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Gunthorpe

Historical Forms

  • Mardelok, Mardelak 1290 Abbr
  • Marlacke bridge, Marlockwonge t.Hy8 Ct
  • Marblacke 1609 LRMB
  • Marlock 1775 C


Marlock Ho is Mardelok , Mardelak 1290 Abbr, Marlacke bridge , Marlockwonge t. Hy 8Ct , Marblacke 1609LRMB , Marlock 1775 C. There is little to go upon here. The second element is probably lacu , 'small stream' rather than loc , 'enclosure.' The first element may be OE  mearð , 'marten, weasel,' hence perhaps 'marten-stream.' Cf. Mardleybury (PN Herts 143).

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Major Settlement