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.

Badger

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Beghesoure 1086 DB
  • Beggesoure 1255 RH
  • Baggesour' 1203-4 Ass
  • Baggesoure 1255 RH 1502 Ipm
  • Baggeshouere 1287 Ipm
  • Baggesouere 1291-2 Ass 1308 Ipm
  • Baggesovere 1404 Cl
  • Begesaur' 1203-4 Ass
  • Begesour' 1255-6 Ass
  • Baiesovre 1210-12 RBE
  • Bagesoure 1212 P
  • Bagesour' 1228 Cur
  • Bagesovere 1255 RH 1443 SBL15752
  • Bagesover 1258 Ipm 1285 Pat
  • Beggesor' 1229 Cl
  • Baggesore 1258 Ipm 1505 Ipm
  • Baggeshore 1327 Pat
  • Bagesore 1258 Ipm 1331 Pat 1348 ForProc 1338-9
  • Bagisore 1353 Pat
  • Baddeshovere c.1291 TN
  • Badger 1549 Pat
  • Badgor 1577 Saxton
  • Bagsore als Badger 1694 PR(H)

Etymology

'Bæcg's ridge-tip'. The first element is probably a strong form of the personal name Bæcga , evidenced in a number of place-names. The second element is ofer , the precise meaning of which is discussed under Condover infra . The present settlement at Badger is beside, not on, the ridge. The site is confined, and the nature of the topography is difficult to evaluate from the access roads.