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.

Hambledon Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Child Okeford

Historical Forms

  • Hameledun' c.1270 Seymer
  • Hambledon, Humbledown 1560 Harl
  • Hamildon hill 1773 Bayly
  • Hamildon or Hambledon-Hill 1774 Hutch1
  • Hamilton Hill 1811 OS


Hambledon Hill (ST 848122), 1555 Hutch3, Hameledun 'c.1270Seymer , Hambledon , Humbledown 1560Harl , Hamildon hill 1773 Bayly, Hamildon or Hambledon -Hill 1774 Hutch1, Hamilton Hill 1811 OS, 'the scarred or mutilated hill', from hamol , hamel and dūn , no doubt with reference to the earthworks of the Neolithic causewayed enclosure and Iron Age hill-fort here. It is a common name, occurring in at least seven counties (EPN 2231). The form (on ) hamelendune (north ecge ) cited under this name by Fägersten 15 is of course identical in origin but does not belong here; it describes part of Fontmell Down in Fontmell Magna par. infra .