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 Woore

Historical Forms

  • The Birtles 1638–9 SBL
  • Birckles 1639–40 SBL2228
  • The Bertles 1692 SBL2348
  • The Two Birtles 1705 SBL2041


Gazetteer lists Birtles Fm, Woore, but there are no buildings shown on maps in the area where Birtles f.ns. occur. TAMap shows fields with this name covering an area about ½ mile wide between Dorrington village and the N. township boundary.

Birtles is probably the plural of a name derived from OE  *bircel 'little birch trees', discussed in Part 3 150 s.n. Birtley. This element was previously noted in Db, La, Ch and St with modern forms Birchill(s), Birtles. It is tentatively noted in VEPN s. v. birce .