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Meaning & History
Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. It derives it's name from a Brythonic term Ladenses
, meaning 'people of the fast-flowing river'. This word likely has some cognacy with the Modern Welsh llaesed
, 'flowing' and possibly llaith
, 'wet'. The word likely originally denoted a forest which covered the area of modern day Leeds.
The earliest known record of Leeds was in 731 A.D in which it's name was recorded as Loidis
In the Domesday Book of 1086, Leeds was recorded as Ledes
and was considered a 'large' settlement.
Inhabitants of Leeds are known as Loiners or Leodensians, the former from the 731 A.D name, the latter from the Brythonic word.