English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Orton Longueville and Orton Waterville

Historical Forms

  • Goldeg 955 BCS909 c.1200
  • Goldiford 1766 J 1809 Carey


The ford was by a small island in the Nen called 'Goldisland,' v. eg . The exact significance of the first element in the name it is difficult to be sure about. It may very well be OE  golde applied to the marigold.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement