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 Hunsingore

Historical Forms

  • Catale, Catala 1086 DB 1374 YDvi
  • Catal(l) 1165 P 1307 YI
  • Mykil Catal(l) 1488 FF
  • Kahal(a), Cahal(a), Cahale 1150–1200 Tockw 1169 P 13 Tockw 1206–12 YChx 1212 ClR 1213 ChR 1214 Abbr 1236 YChx
  • Magna Kihale, Magna Kihala 1190,1191 P
  • Kaale e.13 Tockw
  • Cathal(e), Kathal(e) 1175–1205 YCh537 1226 FF 1316 Vill 1328 Banco
  • Cathel(e) 1276 RH
  • Magna Cathel(e) 1303 KF
  • Cathalle 1285 KI
  • Cattehall 1198 Fount 1303 Aid
  • Cattall 1421 Fabr
  • Magna Cattall 1392 YDix,89
  • Mykyll Cattall 15 YDvi
  • Great Cattall 1444 ib
  • Mekyl Cattall, Mikil Cattall 1502 Ipm


Cattal is usually taken to be 'nook of land haunted by the wild-cat', v. catt , halh (doubtless here denoting a piece of land in a loop of the R. Nidd a little to the south-east of the village). But the Cahale , Kaale spellings would normally arise through AN  influence from Caðale or Caðhale rather than Cat-hale (cf. IPN 110 for AN treatment of medial -ð -). The interpretation is doubtful. Whilst the ON  byname Kaða (cf. Jón kǫðu in Heimskringla), probably a derivative of ON  kaða 'a hen', combined with halh is a possibility, we might also have to allow for a Celtic origin, but its form is obscure.