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.

How Combe

Early-attested site in the Parish of Napton on the Hill

Historical Forms

  • Hokoumbe c.1390 Ct
  • Hocombe c.1400 Rental
  • Howcomb 1779 EnclA


How Combe (6″) is Hokoumbe c. 1390Ct , Hocombe c. 1400Rental , Howcomb 1779EnclA . The forms are too late for any satisfactory explanation to be offered.