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.

Chorley (Fm)

Early-attested site in the Parish of West Wycombe

Historical Forms

  • Chordele 1227 Ass
  • Chardele 1251 FF
  • Charley c.1825 O


The forms of this name are not sufficiently consistent with one another to allow of any certainty as to its etymology. If Chor - is the correct form no suggestion can be offered. If the Char -form is the correct one then the name may be from OE  Cærdan -lēah , 'Cærda's clearing,' with the same pers. name as in Charndon and Chartridge supra . The modern Chorley may be due to the necessity of keeping the name distinct from the neighbouring Chawley .