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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Byfield

Historical Forms

  • Bivelde, Bifelde 1086 DB
  • Bifeilt 1121–39 France
  • Bifeldia lateHy2 BM
  • Biffeld 1206 FineR
  • Bifled 1243 Cl
  • Bifild 1582 AD v
  • Byfeill 1539 LP


Further forms are without interest except Biffeld 1206 FineR, Bifled 1243 Cl, Bifild 1582 AD v, Byfeill 1539 LP. 'By the open land,' v. feld . Cf. such names as Byfleet (Sr), Bygrave (Herts).For the possibility of a different interpretation of such names v. PN NRY xliii.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site