English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Harrington

Historical Forms

  • Halfringtuna c.1160 StB
  • Haueringtona c.1160 Lowther
  • Hauerington c.1175 StB 1279 Ass
  • Haueringtun c.1180 StB c.1200,c.1205 CW(OS)i
  • Haueryngton 1396 Pap
  • Hafrincton c.1200 StB
  • Hauringtona c.1235 ib
  • Hauirringtona c.1265 Hesley
  • Haiuerington' 1279 Ass
  • Harington 1292 Cl
  • Haryngton 1428 FA
  • Haveryngham al. Haryngton 1549 Work
  • Harmton 1672 Blome


The l in the first form never appears again, and can hardly be taken seriously. An l , which is equally meaningless, appears in Halfrebrek , the earliest form of Haverbrack (We), where the first element is undoubtedly ON  hafri . All the other forms of Harrington point to derivation from an OE  Hæfringtun , containing the personal name Hæfer , found in Haversham (PN Bk 8). v. ingtūn .