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.

Kirby Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Compton Wyniates

Historical Forms

  • Kirby c.1830 O.S.
  • tenement called Kyldebyes 1375 Compton
  • common pasture lying at Culdeby 1383 ib
  • Kildesby c.1280 ib


Kirby Fm is Kirby c. 1830 O.S. It is unlikely that this is a genuine place-name in -by as it is in the south of the county.In the 1332 SR there was a Walter de Kerby taxed under Kineton and a Walter de Kyrkeby (presumably a different man) under Halford. The place perhaps derived its name from this family, both Kineton and Halford being only a few miles distant.Alternatively, the name may be identified with tenement called Kyldebyes 1375Compton , common pasture lying at Culdeby 1383 ib., in which case it is to be associated with the family of Adam de Kildesby (c. 1280 ib.) which may have come from Kilsby (Nth). Cf. PN Nth 24.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement