Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
This is one of the objectives of my study - to find where the surname originated. There are two theories:
The first that this unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is found particularly in the northern counties of England, especially Yorkshire, where there was a marked Scandinavian influence. 'Outhwaite' or 'Owthwaite' are locational surnames and derive from a 'lost' place so called, believed to have been situated not far from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, near to the places called Bouthwaite and Gouthwaite, the latter now being 'lost' under the River Nidd. The placename means 'Ufi's clearing', derived from the Olde Norse and Olde Swedish personal 'Ufi', with the Olde Norse 'Threit', a meadow or clearing in a wood.
The second also locative, is that it comes from a village in Lancashire called Outhwaite near Melling and Wray in Roeburndale.
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