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 Thornbury

Historical Forms

  • Wenforda 1086 DB
  • Wantford 1230 P
  • Wanford 1244 FF 1303 FA
  • West Wanford 1330 SR
  • Waunford 1333 SR


The first element in this difficult name may, as suggested by Professor Ekwall, be OE  wægn , 'wagon,' the whole name being descriptive of a ford which would carry a wagon. Cf. Fatherford infra 202.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement