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 Holsworthy

Historical Forms

  • Synnyaneston, Sinnaneston 1281 Ass
  • Syneston 1333 SR
  • Symmeston 1390 FF
  • Symeston 1413 Exon
  • Simpston 1472 IpmR


Simpson is

Synnyaneston , Sinnaneston 1281Ass (p), Syneston 1333SR (p), Symmeston 1390FF , Symeston 1413 Exon, Simpston 1472 IpmR, v. tun . The first element is difficult. It may be a ME  pers. name, ultimately of Celtic origin, cf. Siniaun Mab Idnevyd 1205 (1295) Ch, a witness to a charter of Valle Crucis Abbey (Wales).