Origin: bef. 1050; ME Dane-lawe, earlier Dene-lawe, OE Dena lagu.
Area acknowledged by the West Saxon kings as under Danish law in the tenth century, owing to the heavy Danish settlement there; hence East Anglia, the East Midlands, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
(Wood, Michael. Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England, 213)
*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/Glossary)