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.

Rough Grey Bottom

Early-attested site in the Parish of Dunkeswell

Historical Forms

  • Ruffegereihey 1253 Buckland
  • Ruffegreihega 13th Buckland
  • Ruffegreydowne 16th Oliver
  • Roughegrey Comon 1550 AOMB


In 1253 (Buckland) Eleanor Rufferegerey held land here, so that we probably have here an example of the ME  hay added to a pers. name, a common type of place-name in East Devon, v. Hayne supra 129.