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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Reading (including Caversham)

Historical Forms

  • Caueresham, Cavesham 1086 DB
  • Kauersham 1152–8 NLC
  • Caueresham 1155 1285 Ass
  • Chauerisham, Chaueresham 1173 P
  • Keueresham 1205 Os 13th
  • Cauersham 1246–7,1268,1285 Ass
  • Kawersham, Cawersham 1268 ib
  • Keveresham 1275–6 AD
  • Causeiham, shortly caullid Causham 1542 Leland


The first el. is the pers.n. Cāfhere , which appears in Caversfield O 204. It is impossible to say whether the second el. is hām or hamm .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement