Beverley, What’s In A Name?

The origins of the East Yorkshire town of Beverley can be traced back to the time of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria in the seventh  century when it was called known as Inderawuda (meaning “in the wood of the men of Deira”), later, in the tenth century the  name of the town was changed to Bevreli or Beverlac, meaning beaver-clearing or beaver-lake a reference to the colonies of beavers in the River Hull at the time.

I always find it interesting how far the name of an English town or city has travelled world-wide.  In the United States the U.S. Board on Geographic names have for some reason dropped the third ‘e’ but there is a Beverly in Chicago, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Washington and West Virginia.  Beverly Hills in California is named after Beverly, Massachusetts so can indirectly be included in the list.

In Canada, as in USA the drop the third ‘e’ in Beverly, Toronto but in Australia they retain the correct spelling in Beverley, Adelaide and also in a small town in Western Australia.

Today the town retains some unusual street names…

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21 responses to “Beverley, What’s In A Name?

  1. We have many towns in South AFrica with English and Scottish names but not Beverley.. 😉


  2. Certainly some unusual street names in Beverley!


  3. Only been once, but I loved the place. Bet it’s looking festive this weekend! 🙂 🙂 Merry Christmas, Andrew!


  4. English place names are lots of fun once one understands their origins.


  5. Fascinating Andrew

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  6. And fascinating from me

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  7. Beverley is French , Beverly is English ….


  8. Love those street names – imagine having to give your address as Old Waste!


  9. I remember in France many years ago wanting to send a parcel back o the Isle of Wight in the UK and the postmistress asking me which Isle of Wight I wanted. I was most nonplussed when she told me there were 2 others, both in the Unite4d States.


  10. I do love Beverley, and it does have some fabulous street names. My favourite street names are still in Hull, starting with The Land of Green Ginger.


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