What does the name of my hometown (village! hamlet!) mean?

๐Ÿ„ ‘Land where young bullocks are kept’.

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ That’s the meaning of Little Strickland, the hamlet where I grew up in Cumbria. (Well, the ‘Strickland’ part anyway.)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง In Old English, stฤซrc was a young bullock or heifer. There are still lots of young bullocks kept in that area so things haven’t really changed much!

๐ŸŒ„ My last family member living in Little Strickland moved last year, but I’m still up in the area often, especially in nearby Penrith (which means red hills: pen = hill, rith = red. This derives from Cumbric. And there is lots of sandstone in the area. Lots of lovely red brick terraces in the town.)

๐Ÿบ My husband’s family are in Wolverhampton. It looks like this may have been named after King Wulfhere of Mercia. There was a Lady Wulfrun later who can be seen depicted in a statue in St Peter’s church in the city centre.

๐Ÿค“ I find stuff like this fascinating. Love a bit of etymology. Actually, toponymy is more accurate. The study of place names.

โ“What’s the meaning of the place name where you live? Does it still reflect something about the place?

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