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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Kidderminster

Historical Forms

  • Harburgelei 1086 DB
  • Haberlega, Haberley(e), Haburley 1183 P 1275 SR 1319 Ipm 1333 FF 1425 IpmR 1550 Pat


This is probably the 'clearing of a woman named Hēahburh .'If that is the case, the first r in the DB form must be an error due to anticipation of the r later in the word. The name Hereburh seems to be ruled out by the early and persistent a and the improbable early disappearance of r involved in this explanation.