English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Twyning

Historical Forms

  • Tweoneaum c.740 Monasti,608 12th
  • Bituinæum 814 BCS350 11th
  • Tveninge, Tvninge 1086 DB
  • Tu(u)eninga, Tweninga, Twening(e), Twenyng(e) 1095–1122,13 WinchLB 12,13 Tewk87,87d 1166 RBE 1221 Ass 1221 WinchLB 1248 Ass 1404 WinchLB
  • Twennyng Hy6 AddCh
  • Theonigges, Teonigga 1175 WinchLB
  • Twining, Twyning 1221 Ass 1575 Comm 1684 PR
  • Twinning, Twynning 1478,1494 Pat 1777 PR
  • Thening, Thenynge 1251 Ch 1287 QW
  • Thweninges 1251 WinchLB
  • Twenynges 1428 WinchLB


Originally an elliptical name '(land) between the rivers', v. be- twēonan, ēa (dat.pl. ēum ), the parish being an isolated one north of the Avon and lying between that river and the Severn; it lies in Gloucestershire as a possession of Winchcomb Abbey and it was partly in Greston Hundred. The post-Conquest form is a late OE folk-name derived from a contracted form of the original p.n., 'folk living in Bituineam ', v. -ingas (esp. EPN i, 300, § 4).