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.

Monk's Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Eynsham

Historical Forms

  • Munkeshode 1363 Eynsh
  • Monkeshode, Mongeshode 1473–4 CourtR


Monk's Wood (6″) is Munkeshode 1363 Eynsh, Monkeshode , Mongeshode 1473–4CourtR . For the second element v. PN ERY 226. An unrecorded OE  *hōd , related to hēdan , 'to protect,' and meaning 'shelter,' would give good sense here, the name meaning 'monk's hut.' It is very near the site of the Abbey.