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.

Grendon Underwood

Major Settlement in the Parish of Grendon Underwood

Historical Forms

  • Grennedone 1186 DB
  • Grenedone 1197 P
  • Grendon 1231 Ch
  • Gryndon 1626 Vern


'Green hill.' Cf. Lipscomb (i. 252), 'the place is supposed to derive its name from the verdure of a little hill near the village: and its vicinity to the forest of Bernwood...and in ancient evidences it is sometimes called 'under Bernwood.'v. grene , dun .

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