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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Allerston

Historical Forms

  • Gindala 1160 YCh c.1160 Riev
  • Geveldale 1227 FF 1301 LS
  • Geuendale 1231 FF
  • Gyvendale 1323 NRS
  • Gyndale 1500,1619 NRS
  • Geyndell al. Gyuendale 1536 FF


This name possibly derives from a lost river Gifle found in Ivel (PN BedsHu 8), with Northern velar g . Cf. Zachrisson in NoB xiv. 52 f. on Givendale (YER). If so, we must explain the numerous n -forms as due to common AN confusion of n and l (cf. IPN 108).