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Survey of English Place-Names

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Oglebird Plant

Early-attested site in the Parish of Brougham


Oglebird Plant., 1865 OS, cf. Ogleburg Scarr 1651BdyR (Og 1), 'a court-leet is held within this forest [Whinfell] by the style of the court of the manor of Oglebird ' 1777 NB 399. Oglebird is probably a family name, which may well be an adaptation of an old ON  byname *Uglu -barði 'owl-beard' (cf. Ugglebarnby YN 121) or, as Feilitzen 397–8 prefers, the ON  pers.n. Barðr with uglu (gen.sg. of ugla 'owl') as a prefixed byname. The surname also occurs in Oglebirds across the Eden (ii, 125supra ).