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.

Aldbury Nowers

Early-attested site in the Parish of Aldbury

Historical Forms

  • le Nowrez 1447 Ct
  • the Nowers 1543 ib
  • Noers 1356 Ipm


Aldbury Nowers is le Nowrez 1447Ct , the Nowers 1543 ib., and is to be associated with the family of Grace de Noers and William Noers (1356 Ipm). The name is therefore manorial in origin. The family must have come from one of the French places called Noers or Noyers , deriving ultimately from LL  nucarius , 'nut-tree.' Cf. Longnon 2911 and Gröhler ii, 177–8.For manorial names of this type cf. s. n. Ringer's Fm (PN Ess 297).