English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Moulsoe

Historical Forms

  • Moleshou 1086 DB 1160–5 NLC 1176 P
  • Molesho 1152–8 NLC c.1202 1235 Fees558 1247 Ass 1284 FA
  • Mulesho 1189 P 1227 Ass 1233 WellsR 1235 Fees462 1247,1262 Ass
  • Muleshou 1189 P 1232 Fees
  • Mullesho 1242 Fees880 1319 BM
  • Mulsho 1325 Cl 1344 BM 1373 Cl
  • Mulso 1435,1477 Pat 1490 Ipm 1806 Lysons
  • Mulsoo 1526 LS
  • Moulsoe c.1550 Linc
  • Mulshoe 1766 J


'Mul's spur of land' v. hoh . 'The village stands on a conspicuous eminence declining towards the east' (L. iv. 250).The name Mūl is found also in Moulsford (Berks), Moulsham (Ess), Molesworth (Hu). There are two early examples of its independent use, one of them being the name of the brother of king Cædwalla of Wessex who was killed in 687. In the place- name Moulsoe the vowel has been shortened before the consonant group.

Places in the same Parish