English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Clayton with Frickley

Historical Forms

  • Fricelei(a), Frichelie, Frichehale 1086 DB
  • Frikeley(a), Frykeley(a), Frykelay 12 RegAlbiii,26 1177–86 YChvi 1247 YI 1285 KI 1297 LS 1488 Ipm
  • Frickelay, Fryckelay 1297 LS 1303 Aid
  • Frikley, Frykley, Fryklay 1316 Vill 1395 BM 1552 Visit
  • ffrycklaye 1582 PRFrick


The first el. is probably an OE  pers.n. Frica (as in Fricanþorn BCS 610); this can hardly be from the rare OE  fricca , friccea 'a herald', but it may well be formed, as Ekwall (DEPN) has suggested, from OE  frec 'greedy, eager' which has a by-form fric (cf. also related OE words frician 'to desire', friclo 'appetite').'Frica's glade or clearing', v. lēah .