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 Frankley

Historical Forms

  • Franchelie 1086 DB
  • Frangelee 1197 FF
  • Frankele(ge) 1166 RBE 1212 Fees140 1278 Ct
  • Fraunkele(ye) 1274 Cl 1315 FF 1323 Cl 1340 NI
  • Frankelowe 13th ADii


'Franca 's clearing,' v. leah . The pers. name Franca is on record in early OE and survived in use into the 12th cent.In place-names it forms the first element of Frankton (Wa), English Frankton (Sa), Frankaborough in Broadwood Widger (D), and Frankhill in Creacombe (D). It also occurs in Francan cumb , an unidentified site on the boundary of Crediton (Crawford Charters 57).

Places in the same Parish