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.

St Helens

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cockermouth

Historical Forms

  • capella Sancte Elene 1342 Cocker
  • Sayntelyne Closse 1539 MinAcct
  • clausum vocatum Sancte Ellinge 1560 Cocker


St Helens takes its name from the capella Sancte Elene 1342Cocker .It is Sayntelyne Closse 1539MinAcct , clausum vocatum Sancte Ellinge 1560Cocker .