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 Pyworthy

Historical Forms

  • Frenecoth' 1242 Fees775
  • Frenecot(e) 1303 FA 1306 Ipm
  • Frenakote 1244 Ass
  • Frenycott 1586 Recov
  • Crinecot 1809 M


The first element here is probably the Anglo-Scandinavian pers. name Fræna found as a signatory to a Devon charter of 930 (BCS 1343). No explanation of the later corruption can be offered.