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 Lothen was Scandinavian in origin and is usually discussed under its normalized ON form Loðinn. It started out as a byname meaning ‘the hairy one’ but came to be used as an ordinary personal name. Other English Lothens gave their names to the parish of Londesborough (Yorks. ER) and to fields in at least two townships in the West Riding (Fellows Jensen 1968: 190). A Danish Lothen raided along the coasts of Kent and Essex in 1048 (PASE: Lothen 1), and a pre-Conquest sundial in the church of Great Edstone (Yorks. NR) is inscribed with the name Lothan, evidently a variant spelling (PASE: Lothan 1). No other persons of the name are currently recorded in PASE.

Phillimore uses our preferred form, Lothen; Alecto instead uses a hypercorrect ODan spelling, Lothæn.


Fellows Jensen 1968: Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Akademisk Forlag, 1968)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Loten

Forms in modern scholarship: 

  von Feilitzen head forms: Loðinn

  Phillimore edition: Lothen

  Alecto edition: Lothæn

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 8,2 Golborne Bellow Loten Lothen 'of Golborne Bellow' - Hugh, earl William Malbank 0.50 0.25 0.30 - Map
Total               0.50 0.25 0.30  

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