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.

Beamy's Castle

Early-attested site in the Parish of Swallowfield

Historical Forms

  • Beaumys 1265 Ch
  • Beamys 1322 Cl
  • Beames 1515 ArchJ
  • Biem's 1532 ObAcc


Beamy's Castle, Beaumys 1265 Chet passim with variant spellings Beaumes , Beaumis , Beaumeys , Beaumees ; Beamys 1322 Cl, Beames 1515 ArchJ 4, Biem 's 1532 ObAcc. Identical with Beamish Du and Beaumetz in France, a French name, from beau 'beautiful', and mes , which latter term is translated by Godefroy (Dictionnaire de l 'ancienne Langue française ) as 'maison de campagne, ferme, propriété rurale, habitation, demeure'.