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.

Sampford Courtenay

Major Settlement in the Parish of Sampford Courtenay

Historical Forms

  • Sanfort 1086 DB
  • Sanford 1242 Cl 1248 Ipm
  • Sandfort 1093 France
  • Saunforde Curtenay 1262 Exon
  • Sampford 1274 Ipm


'Sandy ford' (over the Taw). The association of the C (o )urtenay family with the place goes back to 1242 (Cl).