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.

Sowell Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kentisbeare

Historical Forms

  • Souewella 1223 Bracton
  • Seuewell 1244 Ass
  • Seuewyll 1329 Ch
  • Souewille 1333 SR
  • Sowyll 1498 Ipm


This must be OE  seofon wiellan , 'seven springs.' Cf. on syfan wyllan BCS 731 (Ha) and Sinwell (Gl), Suvenwell 1248Ass . According to the Rev. E. S. Chalk there are several springs near here.