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Survey of English Place-Names

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Adderley

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Eldredelei 1086 DB
  • Aldel', Arderdel' 1255-6 Ass
  • Aldrideleye 1283 Ch
  • Aldredelegh' 1291-2 Ass
  • Aldredele 1320 Fine
  • Ethdredesh' c.1182 SAC
  • Addirdel 1255 RH
  • Adderdeleye 1314,30,41 Cl 1334 SR
  • Adderdelegh 1319 Pat
  • Adderdeleygh 1323 Pat
  • Adderdele 1330 Pat 1339 Cl
  • Adderdeley 1360 Pat
  • Addurdeley 1369 Pat
  • Addradel' 1255-6 Ass
  • Addridelegh' 1271-2 Ass
  • Addredeleye 1286 Pat c.1291 TN
  • Addreddelegh' 1291-2 Ass
  • Addredele 1309,39 Cl
  • Addredelegh 1318 Pat
  • Addridele 1324,7 Fine
  • Adredelegh, Adredelegth 1271-2 Ass
  • Adredeleye 1284-5 FA 1328 Ipm
  • Adurdeleye 1306-7 Ass
  • Aderdelye 1315 Ch
  • Aderdeleye 1316 FA 1343 Cl
  • Aderdele 1329 Ipm 1331 Cl
  • Adderleye 1309 Cl 1390 Pat
  • Adderle 1350 Pat
  • Addirlegh 1361,4 Pat
  • Adderlee 1363 Ipm
  • Adderley 1386 Cl 1535 VE
  • Addyrley 1430 Cl
  • Addridleye, Addrydleye 1318 Cl
  • Addridleye 1318 Fine, Pat

Etymology

Final element lēah , perhaps in the late sense 'meadow'.The first element is a feminine personal name, which might be Ealdthrȳth or Ælfthrȳth or Æthelthrȳth . Alderley, Cheshire, is a similar, perhaps identical name, but the development is different.The spellings for Alderley show that that name consistently retained the -l - of the first syllable (with occasional vocalisation to -u -), whereas in the Shropshire names –l - was quickly assimilated to give Add - instead of Ald -.

Addurley occurs in a document in HAC dated c.1213, but this has not been included in the above presentation of spellings, as it may be a modernisation by the copyist of the cartulary. It would be an appropriate form for the 15th cent.

Places in this Parish