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 North Petherwin

Historical Forms

  • Penros(e) 1249 Ass 1544 SR
  • Penrowse 1673 FF


This is a Celtic name, the elements corresponding to Co  pen , 'head, end, top,' and ros , 'moor, heath.' The p.n. is common in Cornwall and also in Wales (Penrhos).