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Period Forms:[edit]

Catsley - undated header form in Ekwall.

  • Catesclive from the Domesday Book.
  • Cattesclive is dated 1227 FF (Feet of Fines for the County of Norfolk 1198-1202 or Feet of Fines for the County of Lincoln 1199-1216).

Catsley - second entry in Ekwall, with the dated form Catekesle ("Catoc's leah") dated 1255.

Catsley as plausible variant spelling of Catesley

  • Cateclyffe and Catclyffe s.n. Catcliffe in A.H. Smith "The Place Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire Part 1" -
  • From Watts.
    • Catt 'a wild cat' as a prototheme, spelled *Cat*:
    • s.n. Catford - Catford (1332)
    • s.n. Catcliffe - Catclif(f) -clyf(f)(e) (1322-1593)
    • s.n. Catforth - Catford (1332), Catforthe (1514)
    • s.n. Catmore - Catmere (1086-1428)
    • Genitive singular forms of Catt (var. spellings):
    • s.n. Catsfield - Cat(t)esfeld(e) (12th-15th C)
    • s.n. Catshill - Catshill (1427)
    • s.n.Caston - Cattestun - ton (1191, 1194)
    • -lega/-legh/-leigh/-ley as a deuterotheme, using possessives:
    • s.n. Bardsley - Berdesley (1422) - this one uses a possessive
    • s.n. Barnsley - Barneslai(a), -ley(a) -lay (c.1120-1597)
    • s.n. East Ilsley - Illesley (1442)

We also can build it as surname (with or without the possessive) + generic toponym using Juliana's "Compound Placenames in English" ( Examples:

  • Bessilles Lee
  • Squirrels Heath
  • Ballardes Wood

And in fact, Watts has an example using "cat":

  • s.n. Catthorpe - has the compound place name Catthorp(e) dated from 1218 (named after someone named Ysabelle le Cat/Ysabelle Chat).

Other Potential Sources:[edit]


  • Precedents of the SCA College of Arms - [[1]]
  • Morsulus Heralds Website - [[2]] (to search the LoARs and Precedents)
  • Use the above links to be sure any precedents listed below haven't been superseded by newer precedents.


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