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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Highweek (with Newton Abbot)

Historical Forms

  • Maynbogh c.1200 Torre 15th
  • Meynbogh 1244 Ass
  • Maynbough 13th Oliver
  • la Maynbouhe 13th Buckfast
  • la Meynbogh 1301 Ass


This may be a compound of the British word maen , 'stone' and OE  boga , 'bow' (v. Bowden supra 37), hence 'curve of land by the rock.' Or the first element may be OE  mægen - as in the compound Mainstone supra 228.