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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Bewcastle

Historical Forms

  • kirkebrynnok' 1339 GDR


This is an inversion compound, the elements being ON  kirkja and the name of the Irish saint called Brynach in Wales. He is also the eponym of Llanfyrnach (Pemb), Llanfrynach (Brecon and Card) and other places in Wales, and of Braunton (PN D 32).