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.

Little Hanwood

Major Settlement in the Parish of Pontesbury

Historical Forms

  • Muche and Lytyll Hanwoode 1528 SAS2/V
  • Hanwood Parva 1614 ib
  • Hanewde 1086 DB 1398 SBL5435
  • Haunewode 1416 Fine
  • Hamwode 1421 Cl
  • Hanwode 1535 VE 1591 PR(L)
  • Greate Hanwood 1559 PR(H)
  • Hanwood 1597 ib
  • Hanwood Magna 1649 SAS4/VII 1685 PR(H)


v. wudu . The first element has generally been interpreted as 'cock', from OE  hana, which is used in literary sources of the domestic cock, mostly with reference to its crowing; but the combination of this with 'wood' is not altogether convincing. Hana could be a personal name. Descriptive terms are however, the commonest qualifiers names containing wudu , and another possible first element is OE  hān 'rock'; but some topographical justification would be required before this suggestion could be entertained.

Places in the same Parish