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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Bletchley

Historical Forms

  • Blechelai 1152–8 NLC
  • Blacchelai 1155 ib
  • Blecelaie 1160–5 ib
  • Blechelee 1212 Fines 1310 NLC
  • Bletchele 1227 Ass 1380 Pat
  • Blechesleye 1328 Cl
  • Overbleccheleye 1325 Cl
  • Westbleccheslee 1328 Cl


'Blæcca's clearing' v. leah . The name Blæcca was borne by a 7th cent. prefectus of Lincoln. It forms the first element in Bletchingley (Sr) and Blatchington (Sx). The strong form *Blæc , not found independently, occurs in Bletchingdon (O) and, perhaps, in Bletsoe (Beds).

Places in the same Parish