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.

Finemere Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Quainton

Historical Forms

  • Fiuemere (sic) 1179 BM
  • Fynemere 1325 Cl
  • Fynemer 1535 VE
  • Fine Moor Hill c.1825 O


Finemere Wood and Hill lie on the parish boundary so that the second element may be gemære but the first is difficult of explanation. The spelling Finmore given by Lipscomb for Finemerehill supra suggests that the vowel ought to be short and that the modern pronunciation is purely a spelling one.There are OE  words fīn , 'heap or pile,' fīna , 'woodpecker,' which might be the source of the first element but the sense of the compound is not clear.

Places in the same Parish