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Early-attested site in the Parish of East Down

Historical Forms

  • Buggeforde 1630 DCoNQ3


name Bogheworthi . Confusion of final worþig and ford is fairly common. v. Introd. xxxv. The etymology of the name of the DB manor is difficult. It may be from the pers. name Buga , hence 'Buga 's enclosure.' Less probably the first element is OE  boga , 'curve' (v. supra ), from the situation of the farm in a bend of land. If the DB manor and Bugford are identical, then we have stopping of continuant [ɡ] to [g] as in Wagaford infra 171.