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.

Pann Mill

Early-attested site in the Parish of High Wycombe

Historical Forms

  • la Pande 13th ADi
  • la Penmell 1344 Cl
  • Penn Mill or Pand Mill or Pond Mill 1606 Ipm
  • Pann mill or Pondemill Chi Ipm


This is a difficult name. No early forms of pond are on record with an a vowel but the history of that word itself is obscure (NED s.v.). Professor Ekwall suggests that this may really contain the word 'pawn,' cf. the 12th cent. Lat. form pandum in NED s.v. and that the name may be descriptive of a place held in pledge or the like.