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.

on þa gereþrenc

Field in the Parish of Fontmell Magna

Historical Forms

  • on þa gereþrenc 932 ShaftR

Etymology

on þa gereþrenc 932(15)(obscure, probably a corrupt form; Grundy 4 103emends to gereþrene and takes it to be a late dat.pl. form of OE  gerēþru'abank of oars'(nautical), here used in a figurative topographical sense todescribe minor ridges running off at right angles from the main ridge)