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.

Wendel Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Barwick in Elmet

Historical Forms

  • Wendell-hill 1714 DucLds


Wendel Hill, Wendell-hill 1714 DucLds 233, ancient earthworks at the north end of the village; it is possible that the first el. is an OE  pers.n. Wendel , which may have originated as that of some Germanic mythological figure (cf. Wensdon Hill Bd 114–15); the fact that the name refers to an ancient earthwork would favour this p.n. recalling the memory of such a figure (cf. Introd.).