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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Clifton and Compton

Historical Forms

  • Campeden(e) John WollCh 1258 Kniveton 1259 FF 1265 Cl 1408 RadCh
  • Caumpeden(e), Kaumpeden(e) 1269 Ass 1272 Ass 1286 FF
  • Compeden(e) 1303 RadCh 1330 Ass 1373 Cor 1381 DbCh 1431 FA
  • Compedon 1307 FF 1392 Pat
  • Campden Ed1,1314,1333,1349 RadCh
  • Compden 1435,1442 RadCh 1454 DbAxxxiv
  • Compton 1577 DbAi


'Valley with an enclosure' or preferably 'valley in which a fight took place', v. camp , denu . OE  camp in the sense 'field, enclosed piece of land' seems to be Saxon rather than Anglian; OE  camp meaning 'fight, battle, dispute' is therefore more likely here, perhaps used in much the same way as OE  þreap in p.ns.