English Submitted Surnames

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KITCHENER English (British), Scottish
Variant spelling of Kitchen. A famous bearer was senior British Army officer and colonial administrator, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850-1916).
KITCHENHAM English
Occupational surname for a person who was in charge of the kitchen in a royal or noble house, or a monastery. From the Anglo Saxon cycene (German: Küche Dutch: kjøkken Latin: cocina Italian: cucina)
KITLEY English
Derived from a place name in Devonshire, England, and was first recorded in the form of Kitelhey in 1305.... [more]
KITSON Scottish, English
Patronymic form of KIT.
KITTREDGE English
Derived from the given name Keterych.
KIX English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
KLARICH English
English spelling of Klarić.
KLOSS English (British)
Surname from the model, Karlie Kloss (1992-)
KNAPP English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.
KNIGHTON English
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht) and tun "enclosure, settlement".
KNIPE English
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
KNITTS English
Derived from the given name Knut.
KNOCK English
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke "hill" (Old English cnoc).
KNOLL English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
KNOTT English
Either from the Middle English personal name Knut, or denoting a person who lived "at the knot", which is the summit of a rocky hill.
KNOTTS English
Variant of Knott
KNOWLES English, Irish
As an English surname it is derived from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knolle meaning "hilltop, hillock", denoting a person who either lived at the top of a hill or near a hillock, or hailed from one of the many places in England named with this word.... [more]
KNOWLTON English
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
KNOX English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
KOHEN Jewish, Hebrew, English
Hebrew form of Cohen.
KOLE English
Variant of Cole.
KOX English
Variant of Cox
KRISTENSON English
Anglicized form of Kristensen
KYTE English
Variant of Kite.
LADLEY English
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
LADSON English
Patronymic of Ladd.
LAGADU English
Possible French origins
LAITHEN English
English habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lad ‘watercourse’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from leac ‘leek’ + tun... [more]
LAKE English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus... [more]
LAMB English
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum.
LAMBE English
Variant of Lamb.
LAMPERT German, English
German & English variant of Lambert.... [more]
LAMSHED English
Surname common in Australia & the UK. A variation of Lambshead which was originally a mis-spelling of Lambside which was the area from which the family originated in Pommyland. Other variations include Lambshed, Lamshead, Lammyside and Lamesta... [more]
LANCASHIRE English
Shire of Lancaster; One who came from Lancashire, a county in the North of England.
LANCASTER English
Habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’)... [more]
LANCE English
From the Germanic personal name Lanzo, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (for example, Lambert), but later used as an independent name... [more]
LAND English, German
Topographic name from Old English land, Middle High German lant, "land, territory". This had more specialized senses in the Middle Ages, being used to denote the countryside as opposed to a town or an estate.
LANDRY French, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric, a compound of land "land" and ric "powerful, ruler".
LANEY English, Irish
Possibly from the given name Laney or the Irish surname McElhinney.
LANGFIELD English
Combination of Old English lang meaning "long" and feld meaning "stretch of open country". It could serve either as a topographic surname or a habitational surname for someone from one of the many locations named "Langfield" (ex... [more]
LANGFORD Literature, English
An English habitational name from any of the numerous places named in Old English as ‘long ford’, from lang, long ‘long’ + ford ‘ford’, except for Langford in Nottinghamshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Landa or possibly land, here used in a specific sense such as ‘boundary’ or ‘district’, with the same second element.
LANGHORN English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
LANGSTON English
Means "long stone"; derived from Old English lang meaning "long" and stan meaning "stone". It can also be used as a given name.
LANSDOWNE French, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
LANSING English
Derived from the name of Lancing, a place in West Sussex, which was composed of the Old English personal name Wlanc and -ingas meaning "family of" or "followers of".
LAPLANDER English
A surname referring to someone who had immigrated from Lapland, northern Scandinavia.
LAPSLEY Scottish, English, Medieval English
Combination of Old English læppa ”end of a parish” and leah ”woodland clearing”. Another meaning could be possible.
LARAMIE English
From the French la ramée "the small wood, the arbour".
LARTER English
From the old Teutonic word 'lahtro' which is to do with a place that animals bear their young. This was modifed in several dialects to be 'lahtre', 'lattr', 'lauchter' and 'lawchter'. ... [more]
LATHAM English (British)
Habitational name from any of the places in England named with the Old Norse word hlaða meaning "barn".
LATIMER English
English occupational name for a clerk who could translate documents to and from Latin and/or other languages, from Anglo-Norman French latinier, latim(m)ier.
LAUGHTON English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in England so called. Most of them, as for example those in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (near Gainsborough), Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named with Old English leac ‘leek’ + tun ‘enclosure’... [more]
LAURENCE English, French
From the given name Laurence.
LAURENSON English
Means "son of Laurence"
LAVERICK English
Derived from Old English lāferce meaning "lark", making it a cognate of Lark.
LAVERS English
English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling... [more]
LAWLESS English
Without reign of law.... [more]
LAWTON English
Habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlaw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
LAXTON English
The lake town.
LAYCOCK English
The name comes from a small village in England called "Laycock" and has something to do with "the place of the birds."... [more]
LAYMAN English
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye. ... [more]
LAZENBY English
From a place name which was derived from leysingi and byr, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
LEACHMAN English
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
LEADBEATER English
Variant spelling of Ledbetter.
LEAMON English
From an Old English word leof related to love and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man.
LEANNE English, Irish
means "gracious plum" in english
LEAR English
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār "clearing"... [more]
LEARN English (American)
The surname Learn is traced to an 18th-century settler and his family who lived in what is now Tannersville, Pa. It is an Anglicized version of the Germanic "Loehrner," which name the settler and his family also used.
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from the Middle English and Olde English "lether", leather.
LECKEY Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
LEDGER English, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar, ger ‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
LEDWICK English
A variation of the given name Ludwig.
LEECH English, Scottish
A physician.
LEEDS English
From the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. The name was first attested in the form Loidis in AD 731. In the Domesday Book of 1086, it is recorded as 'Ledes'. This name is thought to have ultimately been derived from an earlier Celtic name... [more]
LEES English
Possibly a variation of the surname Lee.
LEMON English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Leofman, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann ‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an... [more]
LEMONS English
Variant of Lemon
LEO English
From the Old French personal name Leon.
LEPLEY English
From a byname for a cobbler.
LESATZ English
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
LEVAN French, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
LEVANT English
Derived from the Italian word levante, meaning "rising" and the French word levant, meaning "to rise". The term entered the English language in 1497 and was used to describe the "Mediterranean lands east of Italy" by referring to the rising of the sun in the east... [more]
LEVER French, English
Nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus, genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares... [more]
LEVERETT English
Diminutive of Lever, from the Middle English personal name Lefred, Old English Leofred, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + red ‘counsel’.
LEVERTON English
This surname combines the Old English personal female name Leofwaru or the Old English word læfer meaning "rush, reed" with another Old English word tún meaning "enclosure, field, farm, dwelling." The etymology with the female name addition fits in with the town of the same name in Berkshire while the etymology with the word addition fits in with the one in Lincolnshire.
LEVINSON English, Jewish
Means "son of LEVI".
LEVY English, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
LEWISON English
A surname meaning ‘son of Lewis.’
LICKFOLD English
Derives from a hamlet in West Sussex, England. All known holders, worldwide, of this rare surname can be traced back to Lickfolds who lived within 20 miles of Lickfold in the 16th century.
LIDDIARD English
From Celtic place names in England meaning "gray hill".
LIDDINGTON English, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
LIEBER English, German, Polish, Jewish
Transferred use of the given name Lieber.
LIGHT English
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht "light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
LIGHTFOOT English
English (chiefly northern England, especially Liverpool): nickname for a messenger or for a fast runner, from Middle English lyght ‘light’, ‘nimble’, ‘quick’ (Old English lioht) + fote ‘foot’.
LIGNE English
A variation of the names Ling, Lin and others.
LILLEY English
Derived from the female given name Elizabeth
LILLICRAP English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair (literally "lily-head").
LILLIS Irish, English
Metronymic from Lilly.
LILLY English
Derived from Lilly, a pet name for Elizabeth. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)". It could also serve as a habitual surname for someone from Lilley in Hertfordshire (from lin "flax" and leah "clearing") and Berkshire (from Lillingleah meaning "wood associated with Lilla").
LILLYWHITE English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair or complexion. It was borne by English cricketers James Lillywhite (1842-1929), first captain of England, and William Lillywhite (1792-1854), pioneer of overarm bowling, uncle of James... [more]
LINDBERGH Swedish (Rare), English (Rare)
Rare variant spelling of LINDBERG. A famous bearer was American aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) who was the first person to fly non-stop from America to mainland Europe in 1927.
LINDERMAN English (Rare)
From the given name Lynn, combined with the surname mann.
LINDLEY English, German
English habitational name from either of two places in West Yorkshire called Lindley, or from Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire, all named from Old English lin ‘flax’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, with epenthetic -d-, or from another Lindley in West Yorkshire (near Otley), named in Old English as ‘lime wood’, from lind ‘lime tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’... [more]
LINK English
Comes from Old English word "hlinc"
LINLEY English
This surname can be derived from a place of the same name in Shropshire, which is derived from Old English lín meaning "flax, linen" and leah meaning "clearing." As a modern surname, it can also be a variant of Lindley (Lindley is used in 2 places in Yorkshire), which is derived from Old English lind meaning "lime tree" and leah.
LINN Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
LINNANE Irish, English
Anglicized form of O'Lennon.
LINNEY English
From an Old English female personal name Lindgifu, Lindgeofu, composed of the elements lind ‘lime (wood)’, i.e. ‘shield’ (a transferred sense) + gifu, geofu ‘gift’.
LINZEY English
This is a variant of Lindsey.
LIONS English
Variant of Lyons influencd by the spelling of the word lion
LIPPINCOTT English
A habitational name meaning "of Luffincott," a parish in Devon, England. Named from Old English uncertain first element + cot ‘cottage’.
LISLE Norman, English, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: variant spelling of Lyle.
LITTLEJOHN Scottish, English
Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John. Compare Meiklejohn. In some cases the nickname may have been bestowed on a large man, irrespective of his actual personal name, in allusion to the character in the Robin Hood legend, whose nickname was of ironic application.... [more]
LITTLEWOOD English (British)
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a locational or topographical surname. If the former, it derives from any of several minor places in West Yorkshire, such as Littlewood in Wooldale near Holmfirth, all of which are so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lytel", little, small, and "wudu", wood... [more]
LIVELY English
A modern English surname possibly derived from a lost village called Laefer-leah which would give it the meaning "the farm by the lake".... [more]
LIVELY English
Nickname from Middle English lifly, "lively", "nimble".
LIVINGSTON English, Scottish
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
LOAFMAN English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Laufmann.
LOCK English, Dutch, German
Habitational name from any of various places called Loock, from look ‘enclosure’.
LOCKE English, Dutch, German
English, Dutch, and German: variant of Lock. ... [more]
LOCKLEAR English
Variant of Lockyer. Locklear is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
LOCKLEY English
Refers to the region of Loxley in Staffordshire, England.
LOCKYEAR English
Variant spelling of Lockyer.
LOCKYER English
Variant of Locklear. Lockyer is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
LODGE English
Local name for someone who lived in a small cottage or temporary dwelling, Middle English logge (Old French loge, of Germanic origin). The term was used in particular of a cabin erected by masons working on the site of a particular construction project, such as a church or cathedral, and so it was probably in many cases equivalent to an occupational name for a mason... [more]
LOKIER English (British)
Variant of Lockyer, an occupational name for a locksmith.
LOMAS English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
LOMAX English
Lomax is a territorial surname, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook" or "recess". Notable persons with the surname Lomax include: Alan Lomax (1915–2002) American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax... [more]
LONGBOTTOM English, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long + botme, bothem ‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
LONGFELLOW English
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
LOOK English
Habitational name from Look in Puncknowle, Dorset, named in Old English with luce ‘enclosure’.
LOOK English, Scottish
From a vernacular pet form of Lucas.
LOOMIS English
Derived from Lomax (Lumhalghs), near Bury, Lancashire, which means "pool nook/recess."
LORD English
A surname derived from someone of a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities.... [more]
LORIMER English
Means "maker or seller of metal items of a horse's harness and associated equipment (e.g. bits and spurs)" (from Anglo-Norman loremier, a derivative of Old French lorain "harness").
LOSHAW English
English name this is the last name of singer Avril Lavigne’s Mother Judith Rosanne Loshaw
LOTSPEICH English
possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance... [more]
LOTT English
from a medieval personal name brought to England by the Normans, of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name Lot ‘covering’, which was relatively popular in northern France, or a reduced form of various names formed with the diminutive suffix -lot (originally a combination of -el + -ot), commonly used with women’s names.
LOUD English
from the English word "loud", given to a loud or, in jest, quiet person
LOUIS English, French, Greek (Rare), Dutch
From the given name Louis. In Greece, it is known for Spyridon Louis.
LOVE English, Scottish
From Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve meaning "female wolf."
LOVECRAFT English
An English surname coming from the Old English lufu, meaning "love, desire", and cæft, meaning "strength, skill".... [more]
LOVEDAY English
Means either (i) "person particularly associated with a 'loveday'" (a day when, by custom, old differences were settled and reconciliations were made); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Loveday, a descendant of Old English Lēofdæg, literally "beloved day"... [more]
LOVEJOY English
Combination of Middle English love(n), luve(n) "to love" and joie "joy".
LOVELACE English
From a medieval nickname for a woman-chaser or lothario (from Old English lufulēas, literally "without love", hence "fancy-free"). The English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) was a famous bearer.
LOVELAND English
From a surname which was derived from a place name, possibly meaning "Lufa's land" in Old English or "leaf land" in Norwegian.
LOVELOCK English
From a medieval nickname for a dandy or a man conceited about his appearance (from lovelock, a term for an elaborately curled lock of hair). This surname is borne by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-), formulator of the "Gaia" concept.
LOVETT English, French
From Ango-Norman French "louvet" meaning "young wolf".
LOWEHART English
Variation of Lowheart, used to denote people who seem to show a lack of consideration through expression
LOWERY English, Irish
Irish variant of Lowry
LOWES English
Patronymic from of Low derived from Middle English lowe meaning "hill, mound".
LOWRIE English
Variant of Lowry. A famous bearer of the surname is baseball infielder Jed Lowrie.
LOXLEY English
English: habitational name from any of various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
LUCERO English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
LUCIAN English (British, Rare)
Derived from the given name Lucian
LUDGATE English
Not Available.
LUDLOW English
Habitational name from a place in Shropshire, so named from the Old English river name Hlude (from hlud 'loud', 'roaring') referring to the Teme river + hlaw 'hill'.
LUGG English
English (Devon) probably from a local vernacular derivative of Lucas. However, Reaney posits an Old English personal name, Lugga, from which this name could be derived.
LUKE English
From a derivative of Lucas. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English.
LUKEHART English (American)
Americanized form of German Luckhardt.
LULL English
From an Old English personal name, Lulla.
LUMB English, Anglo-Saxon
Lumb valley system in Yorkshire, England.... [more]
LUNDY English
Either (i) "person from Lundie", the name of various places in Scotland (meaning "place by a marsh"); or (ii) a different form of McAlinden.
LUNN Norwegian, English
Derived from Lund, which in turn comes from the Old Norse lundr, meaning "grove of trees".
LUSTER English
Variant of Lester.
LUTTER Dutch, English, German
Dutch and English: variant of Luter.... [more]
LUXON English
English (Cornwall and Devon) variant of Luxton.
LUXTON English
English habitational name from a minor place, probably one of two in Devon, so called from the possessive form of the Middle English personal name or surname Lugg (from Old English Lugga) + Middle English tune, tone ‘settlement’ (Old English tun).
LYELL English
English
LYLE English
Derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
LYMAN English, German (Anglicized), Dutch
English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land (see Layman). ... [more]
LYND English
Variant of LUND.
LYNDERMAN English (Modern, Rare)
Variant of Linderman
LYNESS Northern Irish, Irish, English
Variant of LINES or anglicized form of Mac Aleenan.
LYNLEY English
Variant spelling of Lindley.
LYNX Southern African, English
Meaning "lynx" in English.
LYONS English, Irish
Is a surname with a variety of origins, from England, Ireland, Scotland, or perhaps France. ... [more]
MABBETT English
From a pet-form of the medieval female personal name Mabbe, a shortened form of Amabel (ultimately from Latin amābilis "lovable"). See also Mapp
MABRY English, Irish
Variant spelling of Mayberry.
MACDOOF English, Scottish
It is based off of a book character (or two given names into one).... [more]
MACE English, French
English: from a medieval personal name, a survival of Old English Mæssa, which came to be taken as a pet form of Matthew.... [more]
MACHEN English
Occupational name for a stonemason, Anglo-Norman French machun, a Norman dialect variant of Old French masson (see Mason).
MACKLIN English, Scottish
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to MACLEAN.
MACMICHAEL English
Variant of McMichael.
MACMILLAN Scottish, English
A Scottish family name. The origin of the name is said to derive from the origin of the Scottish Clan MacMillan. The progenitor of the Clan was said to be Airbertach, Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray... [more]
MADELEY English
English: habitational name from places so named in Shropshire and Staffordshire, named in Old English with the personal name Mada + leah ‘woodland clearing’.