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 Ashwater

Historical Forms

  • Aissa 1086 DB
  • Esse Valteri 1270 Exon
  • Esshe fił Walteri 1281 Ass
  • Essefitzwalteri 1302 BM
  • Asshefitz Wauter 1327 Banco
  • Aswalter 1285 FA
  • Essewautier 1311 Exon
  • Essewalter 1326 Ipm
  • Aysshewater 1385 BM
  • Exe t.Ed1–2 BM


v. æsc . Walter may have been Walter de Doneheved who held the manor in 1270 (Exon). The manor seems to have been first named after one Walter and then after his son, who presumably bore the same name. Cf. Bridgwater (So), Brugie DB, Brug ' Walteri 1155–8 (1334) Ch, Brigewauter 1248 Ass.