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Survey of English Place-Names

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Bowdale

Field in the Parish of Wold Newton

Historical Forms

  • 1834 Terrier
  • boidale eHy3 Alv eHy2 Alv
  • boydale ( furlanges ) eHy3 Alv eHy2 Alv
  • Boydale eHy3 Alv eHy2 Alv
  • Boydalefurlang eHy3 Alv eHy2 Alv
  • furlong called budell 1580 Terrier
  • a furlong called Boodale 1668 Terrier
  • Bowdale 1671 Terrier 1697 Terrier eHy2 Alv
  • Budel Hill 1724 Terrier
  • Budale Bottom 1724 Terrier
  • Bondesboydale 1214–29 SPNNf

Etymology

Bowdale 1834(boidale,boydale(furlanges), Boydale, Boydalefurlang eHy3(13), 1 furlong called budell 1580, a furlong called Boodale 1668, Bowdale 1671, 1697, 1703, Budel Hill, Budale Bottom 1724; the first el. is OE  boi(a), ME  boie a boy, aservant', the second deill'a share of land'. The sense of Boi(a) in p.ns. hasalways been considered to be uncertain. However, Dr Insley draws attentionto a comparable f.n. in Nf, Bondesboydale 1214–29(SPNNf 98), in which thefirst el. is the ODan  pers.n. Bondi. Here -dole is from OE  dāl, the cognateof ON  deill. He suggests that perhaps both names boidale and -boydale denote a share or portion of land appropriate to a boy, but not to a man)