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.

Wytham

Major Settlement in the Parish of Wytham

Historical Forms

  • Winteham 1086 DB
  • Wichtham, Witham William Abingdon c.1240
  • Wi(c)htham, Withham a.1170 ClaudiusCix c.1200
  • Wightham 1316 FA 1728 LN
  • Wygtham 1327 SR
  • Wyghtham 1342 Pat
  • Wyhtham 1383–4 ObAcc
  • Wyghtham Phylyp 1486 Ipm
  • Witham 1221 Cur 1263 Cl
  • Wytham 1284 Ass
  • Whitham 1390 Eynsh
  • Wytteham 1242–3 Fees
  • Wightam 1675 Ogilby
  • Whiteham 1761 Rocque

Etymology

'Village in a bend', v. wiht , hām . The reference is to the position of the place in a sharp curve of the Thames. The modern pronunciation is represented by Ogilby's spelling Wightam . Several members of the family of de Wytham , which held the manor from the 12th to the 15th cents., were called Philip , v. VCH iv, 428.

Places in the same Parish