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.

Fox Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Woodborough

Historical Forms

  • Foxwood 1609 LRMB
  • bosc. de Wodeburg vocat. Foxthweyt 1287 For
  • Foxtheyt, Foxthwayt 1335 ib
  • Foxwayte t.Hy8 ib


Fox Wood is Foxwood 1609LRMB and is very likely identical with bosc. de Wodeburg vocat. Foxthweyt 1287For , Foxtheyt , Foxthwayt 1335 ib., Foxwayte t. Hy 8 ib. This name is a hybrid compound of 'fox' and þveit infra 291. Hence 'fox-clearing.'For the later corruption cf. Eastwood supra 144.

Places in the same Parish