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.

Ham (Fm)

Early-attested site in the Parish of Woodham

Historical Forms

  • Hamme 1255 For 1274 Fine 1379 Cl 1488 Pat
  • Feldhamme 1255 For 1299 Ipm 1302 FA
  • Feldham 1316 FA
  • Feltham 1370 BM
  • Ham 1509 LP
  • Hama Willelmi 1167 P


v. hamm . This hamm was distinguished from Woodham supra by the epithet feld , the contrast being between the woodland and the open country. v. feld and cf. Field and Wood Plumpton (La).

The name is carried back to the 12th cent. by the form Hama Willelmi 1167 P, but it is uncertain whether this form relates to Woodham or to Ham Green.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement