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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Felkirk

Historical Forms

  • Hauercroft(e), Havercroft(e) 1155–70 YCh l.12,13 Nost 1281,1287 YI 1316 Vill 1615 FF
  • Hauerecroft 1191 P


This name occurs elsewhere in YW as a f.n., and the first el. could be either OE  hæfer, ON  hafr 'he-goat' or OE  hæfera, ON  hafri 'oats'; the latter is perhaps more likely as croft 'enclosure' is often used with crop names (as in the common Ryecroft), whilst hæfer is not common in p.ns.