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 Lynton

Historical Forms

  • Incrintona 1086 DB(Exon)
  • Crintone
  • Hilcrinton 1242 Fees792 1285 FA
  • Ilcrynton 1346 FA
  • Westelcrilton 1289 Ass
  • Hykeryngton 1301 Ipm
  • Hylkeryngton 1379 IpmR


It looks as if this were a compound of a personal name and ingtun. Professor Ekwall suggests Ielfgār for Ælfgār , cf. Ilfracombe supra 46, Dr Ritter suggests Hildegār . No certainty is possible.