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.

Besford

Major Settlement in the Parish of Moreton Corbet

Historical Forms

  • Betford 1086 DB
  • Beyford 1244 Ch
  • Besford 1249 SBL5409
  • Besfort' 1569 SBL5769
  • Besseford 1254 Ipm 1394 Cl
  • Bessford 1271-2 Ass 1657 PR(StA) 1807 PR(StA) 1833 OS
  • Basseford' 1271-2 Ass
  • Basford 1346 FA
  • Bassford 1804,36 PR(L)

Etymology

'Betti's ford'. The development to Besford is paralleled in Besford Wo, for which there is an OE  spellmg Bettesford . The personal name Betti is also the first element of Beslow, which is not too far away to be associated with the same man.