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 South Brent

Historical Forms

  • Cotelaforde 1297 DA
  • Coteleford 1333 SR 1339 Ass


'Cottela 's ford.' This pers. name is not recorded, but would be a regular l -derivative of OE  Cotta . Cf. Cotleigh infra 625. Alternatively the name may be a triple compound of cot(e), leah , and ford .