Beesby, Lincolnshire

Beesby, in the Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake of Lincolnshire, comes from a male personal name Besi and the Old Norse element by ‘a farmstead, a village’. The name Besi, which is recorded for Lincolnshire in Domesday Bookseems to be a Danelaw version of a Scandinavian name recorded in Old Danish as Bøsi.

Today the name survives only in Beesby Farm and Beesby Hall, but remains of a deserted medieval village can be seen.

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


deserted medieval village, Lincolnshire, place-name

Further information

This object is related to Hawerby cum Beesby, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Hawerby cum Beesby, Lincolnshire.


Image © Simon Tomson, via Geograph, CC BY 2.0


Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 12.

Kenneth Cameron with John Field and John Insley, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire IV, English Place-Name Society Volume LXXI (1995), pp. 109-10.