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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitbeck

Historical Forms

  • Stangerhovet 1180–1210 Furness
  • Stangarhawe, Stangarhay 1526 DuLa
  • Stangerhowe 1536 MinAcct 1687 Hudleston
  • Stangar 1537 DuLa
  • Stangrey 1673 PR(Whicham)


The earliest form shows that this is a compound of stangar , genitive of ON  stǫng, 'pole,' and hǫfuð ,'headland.' Cf. Stanghow (PN NRY 146) and Stangerhau in Ravensmeols (PN La 250).