Early-attested site in the Parish of Great Brickhill
- Smewenes melne 1251 FF
- Smewynes 1330 Pat
- Smewnes 1535 VE 1541 LP
The pers. name Smewin is found in DB and may lie behind this p.n. Professor Ekwall suggests that it may be from an OE pers. name Smēa -wine , with the same first element that is found in the OE word smēa -þoncol , 'wise-thoughted.' Such a compound meaning 'sagacious friend' seems a very likely one.