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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Bishop's Nympton

Historical Forms

  • Gerardeston' 1242 Fees759
  • Gireldiston 1249 Ass
  • Giroleston' 1244 Ass
  • Girellestone 1261 Exon
  • Gerelleston 1285 FA
  • Gyrlyston 1346 FA
  • Girleston 1359 Ass
  • Grilleston 1428 FA


This is probably 'Gerard 's farm,' a post-Conquest p.n. v. tun .A Girard is already found in Devon c. 1100 (Earle 257), but the pers. name has not been noted in connexion with Bishop's Nympton parish. For initial hard g , cf. Garrigill and Crosby Garrett (We), containing the same pers. name.