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.

Musgreve

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Mullesgreve 1235 Eyton
  • Mulesgrave or Mulsgrave 1655 SRO1264/3
  • Mousegrave 1658 SRO840/2/3/75
  • Muse grave 1658–9 ib
  • -greve 1660–1 ib

Etymology

Musgreve (a wood, lost) is Mullesgreve 1235 Eyton, Mulesgrave or Mulsgrave 1655SRO 1264 /3 , Mousegrave 1658SRO 840 /2 /3 /75 , Muse grave 1658–9ib /76 ,-greve 1660–1ib /78 . Second element grǣfe , perhaps in the specialised sense 'coppice'. The first element is uncertain: the -ll - of the 1235 form tells against mūl 'mule' or the personal name Mul . VCH X66 says that this wood may have been contiguous with Oak Wd. They were separate but connected by a track in 1610.