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 Sampford Courtenay

Historical Forms

  • Herpeford 1242 Fees784
  • Herpford 1303 FA
  • Herford 1428 FA


Halford seems to be identical with Herpeford 1242 Fees 784, Herpford 1303 FA, Herford 1428 FA. If so, the name is identical with Harpford infra 590, i.e. 'ford by the herepæð.' There is a road here but not a main one.