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 Hemyock

Historical Forms

  • Hamihoc 1086 DB 1197 Cur
  • Hamioc 1204 Cur
  • Hemioch 1194 P
  • Hemihoc 1228 FF
  • Hemyok(e) 1244 Ass 1267 Exon
  • Hemioc 1267 Exon
  • Hemyoc 1285 Ipm
  • Hemmiac 1212 Fees98
  • Hymiok 1260 BridgewaterCorporationMSS


This, as suggested by Blomé (88), is probably a stream-name originally, going back to a British *Samiāco . This is no doubt a derivative of *samo - (W  haf ),'summer,' and the name may have been given to a never-dry brook. Cf. such English names as Summerbrook, -well, etc.