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Survey of English Place-Names

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Ketley

Major Settlement in the Parish of Wellington

Historical Forms

  • Cattelega 1177 P
  • Cattelegh' 1271–2 Ass
  • Kettelea 1177 P
  • Ketteleg' 1255–6 Ass 1271–2 ForProc
  • Kettel' 1261–2 ForProc
  • Kettelegh' 1271–2 Ass 1301 SAC
  • Kettele 1291–2 Ass
  • Ketel' c.1200 ForProc
  • Ketelegh' 1208–9 1209 For
  • Ketl' 1255–6 Ass
  • Kettley 1679 PR(L)
  • Kettly 1793 ib

Etymology

v. lēah . The nature of the first element is problematic. DEPN gives it as catta , gen. pl. of cat(t) 'cat', but this seems unlikely as there is no reason why catta should give ME  Kette - and modern Ket -. The two early Catte - forms can be explained as exhibiting the occasional ME  -a - for -e - which is well evidenced in place-names, but it is difficult to derive Ket - from an OE  *Cet (t ), as that should have given *Chet -.

Places in the same Parish