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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Exbourne

Historical Forms

  • Hechesburne, Etcheborna 1086 DB(Exon)
  • Echeburne
  • Yekesburn(e) 1242 Fees784 1292 Ipm
  • Yekesbourne 1292 Cl
  • Yekkesburn(e) 1242 Fees789
  • Yeksburn(e) 1297 Pat
  • Hecesburn(e) 1266 Exon
  • Ekesburn(e) 1285,1303 FA
  • Ekesborne 1291 Tax
  • Ikysbourne 1375 Exon
  • Axbourne 1740 FF


Blomé (141) is probably right in interpreting this as 'cuckoo's stream' from OE  gēac and burna. We might have expected some ME  forms in Yak (k )es -, cf. Yaxley (PN BedsHu 202), but Professor Ekwall notes that late WS  ēa tended to become ē not only before c but also after g .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site