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.

Blencogo

Major Settlement in the Parish of Blencogo

Historical Forms

  • Blencoggou c.1190 HolmC c.1255 HolmC
  • Blengoggou c.1255 HolmC
  • Blenghogou 1279 Ass
  • Plenecogo 1195 P
  • Blencogau c.1220 HolmC
  • Blencogou 1278,1279 Ass p.1500 StB
  • Blencoghou c.1220 HolmC
  • Blenecoghow c.1270 StB
  • Blencoggehow, Blencoghou 1285 For
  • Blenecogou, Blenkeoghou 1292 Ass
  • Blencoghow 1306 Ipm
  • Blangango 1511 LP
  • Blyncolgoe 1521 NCW

Etymology

Ekwall (DEPN s. n .) derives this name from Welsh  blaen , 'top' (v. Blencarn infra 214) and cog , 'cuckoo,' to which was later added ON  haugr, 'hill.' It is on the whole more probable that the final syllable is the British plural inflexion (Welsh  -au , Cornish -ow , Breton -ou ). Cf. Trecoogo in St Kew (Co), Talcogou , Talgogou 1302Ass , Talcogowe 1396 IpmR.