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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Wimborne St Giles

Historical Forms

  • Ferne 1244 Ass 1280 1296 FF
  • Ferne juxta Upwinborne 1358 Hutch3 1401,1403 Midd 1431 Fine 1434 Pat 1441 Cl
  • via regia usque Fernwod' 1401 Midd


Ferne (lost), Ferne 1244Ass (p), 1280ib (p), 1296 FF (p), Ferne juxta Upwinborne 1358 Hutch3, 1401, 1403Midd , 1431 Fine, 1434 Pat, 1441 Cl, via regia usque Fernwod '1401Midd , possibly from fergen , fiergen 'wooded hill', but more probably from fearn 'fern' in a collective sense 'ferny place', cf. Fern Down in Hampreston par. supra .