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.

Oakley Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bishops Tachbrook

Historical Forms

  • Otle 1262 Ass
  • Otleye 1297 ib
  • Otteley 1306 ib
  • Ocle 13th CartMisc 1307 Ass


Oakley Wood is Otle 1262Ass , Otleye 1297 ib., Otteley 1306 ib., Ocle 13thCartMisc , 1307Ass , Oakley 1572 BIBk. Probably 'oak wood or clearing,' v. leah , with the common scribal and phonetic confusion between c and t .