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.

South Head

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rottington

Historical Forms

  • Houtbergh, Houtheberh, Houburgh c.1250 StB
  • Howthberwe, Howtbirwe 1258 ib


James Wilson (StB, 419) that the original name of this headland was Houtbergh , Houtheberh , Houburgh c. 1250 StB, Howthberwe , Howtbirwe 1258 ib. The latter name consists of OE  be(o)rg or ON  berg, preceded by an element which may well be the ON  hǫfuð contained in Whitehaven infra 450. This word has developed in a similar way in Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site

Major Settlement