Thwaite (toponymy)

In Old Norse place names, the suffix thwaite usually denotes a clearing (e.g. in a wood) or an enclosure of cleared land. In Old English, the suffix usually denotes land sloping down towards a stream.

According to Taylor Dyson's Place Names and Surnames: Their Origin and Meaning:

  • Linthwaite = (a) the flax (lin) clearing ; (b) the heather (ling) clearing ; or (c) the lime tree (lind) clearing
  • Slaithwaite = (a) the clearing in a slope on the side of a hill (Old Norse slakki) ; or (b) the clearing on level land (slagh)

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This page was last modified on 17 February 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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