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.

Willey

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Wilit 1086 DB
  • Welileia 1120 Eyton
  • Welyleye 1357 Pat
  • Wililega c.1180 SAC 1406 Pat
  • Wilelee 1205 Cur 1408 Pat
  • Willileg', Willeleia 1203-4 Ass
  • Willelee 1204 Cur
  • Willel' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Williley, Willyley 1375 Pat
  • Willeley 1392 Pat
  • Wyllyley 1431 FA
  • Wilegh' 1209 For
  • Wyleye 1416 AD
  • Willey 1453 Fine
  • Wylley 1535 VE
  • Wyley c.1540 Leland
  • Wilgelegh' 1231 Cur

Etymology

'Willow wood', OE  *wilig -lēah . The same name occurs in Ch, He and Wa.

The civil parish was absorbed into Barrow in 1966. All references to VCH are to Vol. X.