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 Bishop's Nympton

Historical Forms

  • Mokeford 1249 Ass 1330 SR
  • Mockeford 1333 SR
  • Moggeforda 1427 Ass
  • Nokeworth (sic) in Nymet Epī 1465 IpmR
  • Mukford 1472 IpmR


'Moc (c )a 's ford,' cf. Muckworthy supra 129. Wallenberg (StudNP 2, 95) suggests that we have in these two names the ME  muck , but that word is of Scandinavian origin and is never used of 'dung' in the south of England.