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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Tardebigge

Historical Forms

  • Bordeslega 1138 Ch 1266
  • Bordesley, Borsly 1535 VE, LP
  • Bursley 1577 Saxton
  • Boresley 1650 Surv


Other forms are without interest. It denotes the clearing of land (v. leah ) owned by one Bord , cf. Bozen Green (Herts), DBBordesdene and Balsall Heath supra 351. The name Borda is found in DB. It probably has a parallel in OGer  Borto , Porto , Porzo (Förstemann PN 328–9), cf. Bordesley in Aston (Wa).