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 Werrington

Historical Forms

  • Yambrigge t.Hy3 Harl
  • Yombrigge 1308 Exon
  • Ialmebryge 1518–29 ECP5,276


Professor Ekwall suggests that this is from OE  ēa -hamm-brycg , 'bridge by the river meadow.' The l in the 16th cent. and modern forms offers difficulties, but it may be noted that it seems never to have been pronounced and may be inorganic.