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 Clophill

Historical Forms

  • Beaulieu 1254 FF 1293 Ch 1310,1393 Cl 1529 LP
  • Bello Loco 1254 FF 1287 QW 1390–2 CS
  • Bealliu c.1270 Gerv
  • Beleu 1428 ChronStAlb
  • Bedlowe, Beawlowe 1578 BM
  • Bedlow 1590 BM


An interesting anglicising of an earlier French name. The nearest parallel is the development of the same French name to Bewdley (Wo). OFr  names in Beu - developed in later English either to Bew - or Bea -. Here, as in the Bucks Beamond End, we have the second of these two developments. The appearance of a name of French origin in this parish must be connected with the foundation of this cell of St Alban's by the family of Albini who early had a castle at Cainhoe.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement