Early-attested site in the Parish of High Wycombe
- Croendena c.1220 ADA401
- Croindene Hyiii Wyc
- Croyndoneslane leading to Croyndene Eiv Wyc
- Crendone Lane 1449 Wyc
It is difficult to avoid association with Croydon (Sr), a name which also offers great problems. This is Crogdene in BCS 529, a 13th cent. copy of a 9th cent. charter and Croindune in a ME version (BCS 530). Similarly it is Crogdæne in BCS 1132 (a 12th cent. text) and Croindene in a later version of the same (BCS 1133). The late Dr Bradley suggested that these inconsistent forms might be reconciled by the assumption of two name-forms, (1) from the OE crog , croh , 'saffron' (cf. Crafton supra ) and (2) from the corresponding adj.*crogig . The dat. sg. crogigan dene would account for the alternative forms.