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.

Steeple

Major Settlement in the Parish of Steeple

Historical Forms

  • Stiple 1086 DB 1464 Pat
  • Stypele 1285 FA
  • Stipille in Purbyke 1439 ADVI
  • Stipull 1464 Weld1
  • Styple 1554 Mansel
  • Stuple, Stupel(l)(e) 1204 ClR 1212 Fees 1268 Ass 1275 RH 1509 BrEll
  • Stuple in Purbik 1399 AddCh
  • Stupull 1428 FA 1512 ADIV
  • Stepel, Steple 1222 Pat 1262 Ipm 1263 Cl 1278 QW c.1586 Tres
  • Stepul(l)(e) 1348 MinAcct 1384 DCMDeed 1385 Cl
  • Stepyll in Purbyke c.1500 RoyRoll
  • Steeple 1614 Mansel
  • Steepple 1640 DCMDeed

Etymology

'Steep place', v. stēpel (WSax  stīepel, stȳpel ), named from 'its situation under a steep hill' (Hutch3 1596), cf. Steepleton Iwerne and Winterborne Steepleton pars, infra , Isle of Purbeck supra . The spellings in -ille , -ull (e ) may suggest that the name was popularly interpreted as 'steep hill' from stēap and hyll .

Places in the same Parish

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