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.

Steeple Claydon

Major Settlement in the Parish of Steeple Claydon

Historical Forms

  • Claindone 1086 DB
  • Cleindon 1200 Cur c.1215 WellsR
  • Clendon 1200 Cur c.1215 WellsR 1219 Bract
  • Stepelclaendon c.1218 WellsL
  • Stepel Cleydon c.1220 WellsR 1242 Fees871 1247 Ass 1255 For 1262 Ass 1284 FA 1357 Pat
  • Cleidon 1235 Fees465
  • Claydon 1235 Fees556
  • Stepelcleyndon 1275 Ipm
  • Stepul Cleydon 1286 ADi
  • Stepulclaydone 1356 FA c.1433 BM
  • Clayndon al. Cleydon 1297 Ipm
  • Cleyndon 1298 Fine
  • Cleydon 1299 Fine
  • Stupelcleydon 1315 Fine
  • Stuble Claydon 1541 LP


OE  clǣgigan dūne (dat.), 'clayey hill,' the village standing on the Oxford Clay. For the persistent inflexional n , v. Introd. xxvi.The distinction between the three Claydons by naming one from its steeple or tower must go back to a time when their churches were more definitely distinguished by the height or some other feature of their towers than they are at present.For Stupel v. Introd. xxiii.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site