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.

Hampden (Great and Little)

Major Settlement in the Parish of Great and Little Hampden

Historical Forms

  • Hamdenam 1086 DB
  • Hamedene c.1250 Rec.xi.344
  • Hampdene c.1200 Miss 14th
  • Hamdene 1227 Ass 1247 Ass 1284 FA


Forms with intrusive p are rare before 1400 and it is not heard in the local pronunciation of the name to this day.

This may be hām -denu , 'homestead-valley,' so called because marked by such, but compounds with initial ham are doubtful in English though Förstemann ON (s.n.) gives several such for OHG  heim .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site