1) Evidently a nickname, it may have been inspired by the habit that some ground-nesting birds have of distracting attention from their nesting site by ‘trailing’ one wing as they move away from it.

This by-name has been recorded several times in different parts of Yorkshire: 1200 Geoffrey Trailewing, Yorkshire pipe roll

1346 Johannes Trailweng, Catton

1348 John Trayleweng of Yokefleet.

places Catton Yokefleet
dates 1200 1346

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