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.

Barnsley

Major Settlement in the Parish of Silkstone

Historical Forms

  • Berneslai(a), Berneslei(a), Bernesle, Berneslay(a), Bernesley 1086 DB 1090–1249 Pont Hy2 Ch 1230 YCh 1155–8 Baild 1250 BM Edi Ebor 1284 WCR 1296 Baild 1413 Ch 1514
  • Bernislay Ed2 BM
  • Bernysley 1455 Hall
  • Barneslai(a), Barnesley(a), Barneslay c.1120–c.1160 Pont 1230 P 1381 Ch 1400 YDvi 1415 ADi 1597 SessnR
  • Barnyslay 1460,1467 Brett
  • Barndesle 1311 ADi
  • Barnsley 1460 Hall 1508 FF 1822 Langd
  • Black Barnsley 1675 Og

Etymology

'Beorn's glade or forest-clearing', from the OE  pers.n. Beorn , lēah. The same man doubtless gave his name to the lost Barnscliff (infra ). The spellings with Barn - down to 1230 are due to AN influence (cf. Barnby Dun 17supra ); from 1381 they reflect the normal e.ModE  development of -er to -ar - (cf. Phonol. § 14).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name