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.

Foxcombe, Foxcombe Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sunningwell

Historical Forms

  • (on) foxhola cumbe 985 KCD1283 c.1240
  • Foxcomb-Hill 1711 Hearne
  • Fox Come Hill 1761 Rocque


Foxcombe, Foxcombe Hill, (on ) foxhola cumbe 985 (c. 1240) KCD 1283, in the bounds of Wootton, Foxcomb -Hill 1711 Hearne, Fox Come Hill 1761 Rocque. Originally 'valley of fox's earths', v. cumb , first el. the gen.pl. of fox-hol. For the dropping of the middle el. in a triple compound, cf. Blackford Mill Wo 156.