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.

Great Ebb

Early-attested site in the Parish of Symondsbury

Historical Forms

  • Hebbe 1329 Ipm


Great Ebb (SY 438911), probably to be identified with Hebbe 1329 Ipm. This is a pointed promontory of shingle, exposed at low tide, just E of East Ebb Cove in Chideock par. supra , v. ebba 'ebb, low tide'. As noted by Fägersten 292, the word here seems to have the later dial. sense of 'foreshore, the part between high and low water' (EDD s.v. ebb sb. sense 3), cf. the analogous Long Ebb in Tyneham par. 1 105.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement