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Othin 8 Othin ‘of Beesby’ (Lincs.), fl. 1066

Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  



Othin 8 was one of four brothers holding three estates in north-east Lincolnshire TRE assessed for a total of nearly 7 carucates and with a value of 20s.

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
Lincolnshire 12,29 Beesby Oune Othin 'of Beesby' - Alan, count - 0.94 0.14 0.20 C Map
Lincolnshire 12,30 Wold Newton Othin 'of Beesby' - Alan, count - 0.77 0.11 0.17 C Map
Lincolnshire 12,31 Wold Newton Othin 'of Beesby' - Alan, count Wimund 'of North Ormsby' 0.09 0.01 0.02 D Map
Total               1.80 0.26 0.39  



Othin 8 is named second in a list of four men holding a manor at Beesby, on the eastern side of a hill in the Wolds in north-east Lincolnshire, the other men being Ingimund, Eadric and Ecgwulf. The next entry in DB records sokeland of this manor lying at Wold Newton, on the western side of the same hill, and the following entry records four tiny manors at Wold Newton held by ‘Ingimund and his three brothers’ TRE. It is clear that the four men named in the first entry were the same as the four brothers noted in the third and that they shared the tenure of the lands. Those shares need not have been equal, however, because Ecgwulf’s land in the Beesby manor is recorded as 5½ bovates whereas an equal division of that manor would have yielded closer to 7 bovates for each brother.

Othin was a rare name and occurs elsewhere in Lincolnshire TRE but none of the other instances record the name in the form Oune, which could represent either Othin or Aun(i) a short form of the name (von Feilitzen 1937: 102, 169-70; Fellows Jensen 1968: xciv, 41-2). Furthermore, none of the other instances are associated with people who can be identified as Othin 8’s brothers or with Count Alan (Alan 1), the post-Conquest successor to the brothers’ estates. It is therefore probable that Beesby and Wold Newton were Othin 8’s only holdings TRE and that he was distinct from any other person of that name.



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

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

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