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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Wootton

Historical Forms

  • Widelie 1086 DB
  • Wideli 1109 Eynsh
  • Wytteleya 1239 Eynsh
  • Wood Lays 1797 Davis


Woodleys is Widelie 1086 DB, Wideli 1109 Eynsh, Wytteleya 1239 Eynsh, Wood Lays 1797 Davis. 'Wide (a)h' or 'willow (a)h,' v. wīðig .