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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bolton Percy

Historical Forms

  • Torp 1086 DB
  • Thorpkime 1251 Ass
  • Paddocthorp(e), Paddokthorp(e) 1285 KI 14 Percy 1303 KF 1334 FF 1340 BM 1371 Ipm 1464 Pat
  • Padyngthorp 1462 Pat
  • Pedderthorpe 1562 NCWills
  • Paderthorpe als. Padethorpe als. Padokthorp 1547 FF
  • Palethorpe 1591 FF
  • Palithorp 1665 Visit
  • Pollethorpe 1804 EnclA


v. þorp 'outlying farmstead', with Kime as a feudal affix (cf. Newton Kyme 79supra ). The affix Paddok - can hardly be from ModE  paddock 'small enclosure' as that variant of pearroc does not appear before 1547 (NED s.v.). It is from padduc 'a frog' used here to denote a farmstead overrun with frogs or as a nickname; Reaney 239 cites a surname Paddock from this source. The later form with Pale -, etc., is a sport substitution.