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.

Gossway Copse

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirtlington

Historical Forms

  • Goshay 1422 Rental
  • Gosway, Goosehaie 1591 Survey


Gossway Copse (6″) takes name from Goshay 1422Rental , Gosway , Goosehaie 1591Survey . 'Goose enclosure,' v. (ge)hæg. 'Way' has been substituted for the original second element.