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.

South Brent

Major Settlement in the Parish of South Brent

Historical Forms

  • Brenta 1086 DB 1238 Ass
  • Brenth' 1242 Fees767
  • Brente 1244 Ass 1337 Exon
  • Brentte 1268 Exon
  • Brentte juxta Uggeburgh 1322,1325 Ass
  • Southbrynt 1497 Ct
  • Brent al. Southbrent 1714 Recov
  • Ouera Brenta (1304 Ass)


The name has the same history as Brentor (supra 213) and refers to the prominent Brent Hill, just above the village. South to distinguish it from a former Ouera Brenta (1304Ass ), which was apparently the name of a settlement further up the Avon.