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 Hatherleigh

Historical Forms

  • Esseworth' 1283 Ass
  • Esseworthi 1330 SR


Essworthy is

Esseworth '1283Ass , Esseworthi 1330SR (p), v. worþig . The first element may be a personal name Essa . This is not on record, but might be a pet-form of such an OE  pers. name as Ēadsige .