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.

Longslow

Major Settlement in the Parish of Moreton Say

Historical Forms

  • Walanceslau 1086 DB
  • Wlankeslaw' 1200 Cur
  • Wlankeslawe 1214 P 1271-2 Ass
  • Wlankeslauwe 1221-2 Ass
  • Wlankeslowe 1290(p),1314 Ipm
  • Wlonkeslawe 1212 Fees 1431 FA
  • Wlonckeslawe 1235-6 Fees
  • Wlonkislow 1255 RH
  • Wloncuslowe 1334 SR
  • Wancleslawe 1235-6 Fees
  • Wlonkelawe 1271-2 Ass
  • Wronkeslowe 1271-2 Ass
  • Wlongeslowe p.1362 SBL6594 1410 Fine
  • Lonkeslowe 1489 Ipm
  • Lonkslow 1717 PR(L)
  • Longslowe 1672 HTR
  • Longslow 1712 PR(L)

Etymology

'Wlanc's tumulus'. The personal name, which means 'stately, proud', would be appropriate to an aristocratic Mercian of the late 6th - early 7th century, when barrow-burial was in fashion among the Anglo-Saxons. Shropshire names of this type are discussed under Beslow.