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.

Helton Tarn

Early-attested site in the Parish of Beetham

Historical Forms

  • Heltontern(e) 1278 Ass9 1279 1280 FF 1293 Kendii,252 1354 ChancM


Helton Tarn, 1770 Bthm, 1823 M, Heltontern (e )1278Ass 9, 1279 ib 7, 1280FF , 1293 Kend ii, 252, 1354ChancM . The most likely inter- pretation of this p.n., Hilton and Helton, (ii, 103, 200 infra ) is 'farmstead on the slope', v. helde , tūn , but, as Ekwall notes, OE  helde 'tansy' and ON  hjallr 'shed' are possibilities, v. tjǫrn 'lake'.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site