Early-attested site in the Parish of Medmenham
- Merlyngesgrove 1461 IpmR
That there was an OE place-name element Merling is shown by Marlingford (Nf), DBMerlingeford . It is not on independent record as a p.n. in OE but would be a regular formation from a diminutive Mǣrel of a pers. name Mǣra from one of the OE names in Mǣr -. Such a diminutive and its derivative are on record in Gothic and OHG, v. Merila in Förstemann (PN 1102), and Marlingon , Merlunghaim , ib. ON 215. The first record of the name is however too late to allow of certainty in its interpretation.