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 Hampstead Norris

Historical Forms

  • Elinge 1086 DB 1241 Ass 1247–8 FF 1284 Ass 1316 FA
  • Elynge, Elinge, Yelinge 1284 Ass
  • Elynge 1294 SR 1300 Ipm
  • Eling' 1220 Fees 1224–5 Ass 1240 Cl 1241,1284 Ass
  • Heling' 1241 ib
  • Eleng', Yelingg' 1284 ib
  • Elyng' 1297 CornAcc
  • Elinges (ter) 1224–5 Ass
  • Eling 1242–3 Fees 1275–6 RH
  • Yeling 1246 Cl
  • Elyng 1327 SR 1353 Cl 1412 FA


PN -ing (44–5) gives this as a name in -ingas, from a pers.n. such as Eli , but the forms are more consistent with a singular name in -ing .There are a number of pools round the village, and the first element may be ǣl, 'eel'. v. Elements 1, 289 for some place-names formed from -ing and an animal, bird or insect name, to which this would be analogous, and Gl 3, 149–50, where derivation from ǣl and -ing is suggested for several lost names in Gl. Eling Ha (DEPN) and Ealing (Mx 90–1) are different names.

Spellings with Y - show the development of prosthetic [j] which is common before a front vowel.