The name Halyfax appears in 1116, and the origin of the name is open to debate.
Some of the many suggestions as to the meaning of the name Halifax include:
The element halh is also found in names such as the surname Ridehalgh
If this had been so, Halifax would have been a great centre of pilgrimage
Four ways, by which the town of Halifax is entered, still distinctly point at the parish church as their common centre; these were the roads by which the pilgrims approached the object of their devotion, and hence the name Halifax, or Holy Ways; for fax, in Norman French, is an old plural noun, denoting highways
As a consequence of misinterpretation of the entry in Domesday Book, the word Feslei was once thought to refer to Halifax which does not otherwise appear there.
The manner in which the name is written is of interest. There are some variations on the coat of arms and elsewhere, and particular instances are
See Feslei, Horton, Hudley, Orange Town, Toffee Town and Seal of the Waterhouse Charity
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