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 Yaxley

Historical Forms

  • Dreigmære a.1022 KCD733 c.1200
  • Draymere 1279 RH 1286 Ass
  • Dray Meer 1766 J
  • Dray Mere 1836 O


This lost mere gives us another compound of the puzzling word dræg discussed in EPN. Possibly the reference here is to the use of a dræge , i.e. a dray or drag-net for fishing in the mere, or the reference may be to some cut through the Fens.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement