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Eynsham Parish Council
What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

See also TOUR; street names - Newland Street.

The varied spellings of Eynsham from the 10th to the 18th century are recorded by Alan Hardy and Roslyn Smith ('Eynsham, a Village and its Abbey', Oxford Archaeology 2002). The spelling 'Egonesham' seems to have been in use as early as 571 when the settlement was captured from the Britons by Cuthwulf, King of the West Saxons according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. More abbey history; more village history.

The meaning of 'Egonesham' is an enclosure or river meadow of a man called Aegen (AD Mills, 'A Dictionary of English Place Names', Oxford University Press 1998). The modern spelling 'Eynsham' was first used in 1390 and has been in regular use since the latter part of the 19th century.

The local pronunciation is EN-SHUM (at least today).

The original lettering shown here was done for the calligraphy stall at St Benedict's Fair on 23 July 2005, by Isabelle Spencer of Witney, a founder member of the Oxford Scribes. The original hangs in the Village Hall by courtesy of the Parish Council, as a memento of the Abbey Millennium.

Doreen Hockedy - founder of Eynsham Enterprises with Dorothy BerryA cream cotton tea towel with lettering in navy blue and terracotta red is being sold in aid of the renovation of St Leonard's Church Hall, which will benefit the whole community.

The same design has been adapted for notelets and notebooks, cookbooks and candles, china and bags, etc. They are on sale at outlets around the village and at the rear of St Leonard's Church.

Prices, availability and further developments from Eynsham Enterprises.


calligraphy showing the varied spellings of EynshamEgonesham C10
Igeneshamme
Iogneshomme
Egeneshhomme
Eghenesham
Eogneshame
Eigenesham
Egenesham
Evenesham
Eglesham
Egglesam
Egnesham C11
Einselsam
Eygnesham
Eigenesham
Eisnesham
Einesham
Enesham
Heynesham
Heinesham
Aynesham
Ainesham
Enysham
Eylnesham
Einegham
Eynesham
Egnsham
Eynsham 1390
Eynysham
Enesham
Eneysham
Enysham
Enisham
Enysam
Enensham
Enensam
Enseham
Egnosham
Evinsham
Evensham
Einsham
Ensham C18

  • 24 May
    What's On This Month
  • The Primary School has hands-on fun for the family on Thursday

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  • 23 May
    Bridge of Spies (PG-13, 2015)
  • Bridge of SpiesScreening on Friday 27 May at Eynsham Village Hall. Meantime, enjoy the videos

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  • 17 May
    Investing in the A40
  • OCC Cabinet meets 24 May to review consultation responses. In addition to the new Eynsham P&R and eastbound bus lane already being planned and funded, officers recommend a dual carriageway from Witney to the P&R, plus a westbound bus lane from Dukes Cut canal bridge to the Eynsham P&R. This long term plan is estimated at £54m and has no funding yet.

  • 13 May
    Be in at the Start
  • Eynsham Online is going ‛mobile-friendlyʼ soon. We bring you the promised update!

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