PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

The name Æscwulf appears from the early eighth century onwards but was never very common and is not at present on record between the 970s and 1066 (PASE: Æscwulf 1–3, 5–9). It was formed from the OE words æsc ‘spear, lance’ or ‘ship’ and wulf ‘wolf’, the latter extremely common as a name-element, the former rather rarer, especially among landowners TRE (von Feilitzen 1937: 182).


von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Essul

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Æscwulf

  Phillimore edition: Aescwulf

  Alecto edition: Æscwulf

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Cheshire 1,3 Dunham on the Hill Essul Æscwulf 'of Landican' - Hugh, earl - 3.00 2.00 0.80 - Map
Cheshire 8,7 Landican Essul Æscwulf 'of Landican' - Hugh, earl William Malbank 7.00 2.50 2.00 - Map
Total               10.00 4.50 2.80  

People of this name

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