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 Scawton

Historical Forms

  • Brunesdale c.1150,c.1170 Riev
  • Brunescale 1181 BylE


'Brun's valley' v. dæl . The first element is the OE  personal name Brūn which also enters into a lost place in this valley called Brunescale 1181BylE 103 d (from skali ). The modern form offers some difficulty but its phonetic development was probably Brundale > Burndale > [bɔndil]; the last stage represents the regular development of NE ur in the dialect (v. Introd. xxxii).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement