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.

Loughborough, Lowbarrow Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Leafield

Historical Forms

  • Lunebur', Lunebir' 1232 Cl
  • Luburg' 1246–7 Ass
  • Lovebyri 1270 Ch
  • Loveburyhurn' 1300 Wych
  • Louberes 1551–2 Survey
  • Lowbery 1608–9 Wych
  • Lowborow alias Loueburie Corner, Lowborow alias Loueburie coppice 1641 Wych


Loughborough (6″), Lowbarrow Ho etc. take name from Lunebur ', Lunebir '1232 Cl, Luburg ' (ter) 1246–7Ass (p), Lovebyri 1270 Ch, Loveburyhurn '1300 Wych, Louberes 1551–2Survey , Lowbery 1608–9 Wych, Lowborow alias Loueburie Corner , Lowborow alias Loueburie coppice 1641 Wych. 'Lufa 's fort.' The -n - in the earliest forms should doubtless be -u -. The burh is the camp near Lowbarrow Ho. -hurn ' in the 1300 form is hyrne , 'corner': cf. Lowbarrow Corner (6″). Loughborough Lei appears to contain the personal name Luhhede and burh (DEPN).