English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of West Tanfield

Historical Forms

  • Binzhou c.1190 Dodscxx.3
  • Bishou 1202 FF
  • Binzhou 1257 YD
  • Bynshu 1301 LS
  • Bynsoo 1536 YChant


This is a difficult name but one is probably right in assuming that the various forms all go back to Binteshou . This would point to a strong pers. name Binte corresponding to the weak Binta which lies behind Bentworth (Ha), Binteorde Ric i Ch, Bintewurd 1222 Pat. This may be cognate with OHG  Binizo , Binzo (Förstemann, PN 307). v. hoh .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement