English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Bugden Bottom

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sixpenny Handley

Historical Forms

  • Westbokynden' 1382 Cecil
  • Bu(c)kdean(e) 1541 Glyn
  • Est Buck(e)den', West Buck(e)den' 1547 Ct
  • Buckden 1618 Map
  • Bugden Md 1841 TA


Bugden Bottom (ST 955168), Estbokeden (e ), Westbokeden (e ), Estbogheden ', Westbogheden ', Westbogeden '1331, Westbokeden (e )1349Cecil , 1411MinAcct , Westbokynden '1382Cecil , Bu (c )kdean (e )1541Glyn , Est Buck (e )den ', West Buck (e )den '1547Ct , Buckden 1618Map , Bugden Md 1841TA , probably 'valley where beech-trees grow', from bōc 1 'beech-tree', bōcen 'growing with beech-trees', and denu , with ēast , west . There are two other places with the name Buckden on the 1618Map of Cranborne Chase, both in Wiltshire (cf. the f.n. Bugdens PN W 487).