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 Tardebigge

Historical Forms

  • Tuneslega 1086 DB
  • T(h)eneshale Matilda,Hy2,R1(1266) Ch
  • Tunneshal(l) 1230 Ch 1276 RH
  • Tuneshale 1230 Cl 13th ADii 1244 FF 1276 RH
  • Tunsale 1327 SR
  • Tynsall Filde 1535 VE


The identity of the above places is not quite certain, but the variant forms of the suffix have their parallel in those of Bordesley infra 365. There is an OE  pers. name Tun (n )a . A strong form of this, with later development of u to i , as noted supra 163, will explain all the forms except the second. This may be an error for Toneshale . If it is not, then we must take the pers. name to have been Tynni rather than Tunni .