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 Holbrook

Historical Forms

  • Cokkesbenche 1395 DuLa 1543 Woll
  • Cocksbench(e) 1533 1633 ParRegDuffield
  • Coxbench 1634 ParRegDuffield


Coxbench is perhaps 'cock's slope', v. cocc 2 , benc , though the OE  nickname Coc (c ) might also be considered. The geographical distribution of DB names suggests that Coxbench may be the site of the DB Herdebi 'herd farm', v. heord , .