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 Clyst St Mary

Historical Forms

  • Grendel c.1180 Oliver 1276 Exon 1314 Ass 1454 Oliver
  • Grendale 1199 ChR 1320 Exon
  • Grendil c.1200 Torre 15th
  • Grendyl 1291 Tax
  • Grendulf c.1200 Torre 15th
  • Grindel 1238 Ass 1275 RH
  • Grindulle 1316 Inqaqd
  • Grindell c.1630 Pole
  • Grendelf 1286,1296 SR
  • Grendel Serla juxta Clist Sē Marie 1314 Ass
  • Greyndel 1330 SR


v. Grindle Brook supra 6. The forms Grendulf and Grendelf are probably to be explained by association with OE  (ge )delf , 'place hollowed out.' The identity of Serla is unknown.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement