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 Goldsborough

Historical Forms

  • Flatesbi 1086 DB
  • Flasceby 1158–81 YChvi l.12 RegAlbi,37d 1282 YI e.14 YDv 1379 PT
  • Flacebie 1559 FF
  • Flasseby 1316 Vill
  • Flasbie 1563 PRAll
  • Flaxby 1407 YDiii


'Flat's farmstead', from the ON  byname Flatr (gen.sg. Flats ) and . Cf. Flasby vi, 48infra . The medieval forms with -sce - regularly represent the sound -ts - (cf. EPN ii, 92) and the later form with Flax - is an inverted spelling for -z -, which arose in the dialect from ME  ks and x as well as ts (cf. Kexbrough i, 318supra and Kex Beck 209infra for a similar inversion, and Phonol. § 44).