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

  • Seledon 1244 Ass
  • Seldene 1269 Misc
  • Seldon 1333 SR


Seldon is

Seledon 1244Ass (p), Seldene 1269 Misc (p), Seldon 1333SR (p), v. dun . The first element is probably OE  sele , 'building,' as suggested by Blomé (144). Cf. Zeal infra 292.