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.

The Rye

Early-attested site in the Parish of High Wycombe

Historical Forms

  • atte Reye 1372 Wyc
  • The Reye 1451 Wyc
  • Rye Marsh 1826 B


The Rye is low-lying land almost surrounded by water and it is clear that atte Reye must be from at ther eye , 'at the island.'v. eg , æt .