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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Cann

Historical Forms

  • Canna Hy1 ShaftR 15
  • Canne 1202 P 1244 Ass 1323 Inqaqd 1327 SR 1564 Glyn
  • Canme, Camne (sic) 1268 Ass
  • Kanne 1288 ib
  • Caune (sic, for Canne) 1354,1357 Cl
  • Canne iuxta bertona Shafton c.1500 Eg
  • Can 1575 Saxton 1615 Map 1655 HBr
  • The Parish of St Rombald, or St Rowald, alias Cann 1744 Hutch1
  • Can(n) St Rumbold(s) 1795 Boswell
  • Shaston St Rumbold alias Cann 1840 TA


From OE  canne 'a can, a cup', used topographically for 'a hollow, a deep valley' with reference to the situation of this place in a steeply sided valley; for an analogous simplex name, v. Canna D 481. The dedication of the church, now within the boundary of Shaftesbury borough, is to St Rumbold, v. further the section on Parishes and Churches in Shaftesbury infra . The form bertona refers to Barton Hill in Shaftesbury infra .

Places in the same Parish