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 Alwington

Historical Forms

  • Porthlynche 1318 HMCiv
  • Port(e)lynche 1345 Ass 1384 IpmR
  • Portelinche 1420 IpmR
  • Portlydge 1577 Saxton


The hlinc or hill was probably named from the cove below, which bore the Celtic name porth , common in Cornwall, a loanword from Latin.