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.

Lowther

Major Settlement in the Parish of Lowther

Historical Forms

  • Lauuedra 1174 Fantosme
  • Lauder 1170–80 Kendi,382 c.1184 Lowth
  • Lander (sic for Laud-) 1170–80 Kendi,130
  • Lauper c.1225 Lowth c.1240 Bart
  • Lawther 1370 Hom
  • Loudr(e), Louder 1195 FF 1195–1196 P 1247 Pap
  • Loudher e.13 CWix,248
  • Loutre 1236 Pat
  • Luder, Ludre 1196 Cur 1196 P
  • Lodre 1197 FF
  • Louther, Louther, Louthir 1190–1200 Kendi,131 1231 MdMb 1232 Pat 1234–6 Weth c.1250 Bart 1256 Ass3 1279 1280 Ebor 1476 Cl
  • -Jon, -Wyllame 1292 Ipm
  • Lother, Lothir 1242 P 1286 FF 1292 QW 1366 ChancM 1698 PR(Bm)
  • Lotrhe 1241 P
  • Lowther, Lowthre Hy6 Rent 1501 Ipm 1516 Testv 1823 M
  • Lowder 1552 Visit 1675 Ogilby

Etymology

Named from the R. Lowther (i, 9supra ). The spellings with Lud - are inversions which arose through Fr  -ou - representing both ON  -au - and OE , ON  -u - (cf. Phonol. §4).

Places in the same Parish