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.

Derringham Dike

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cottingham

Historical Forms

  • Derningamdike 1282 YI
  • Dernynghamdyke 1303 YI
  • Derynghamdyke 1415 YI
  • Darnyngham Dyk 1447 Pat 1462


Derringham Dike (6″) is Derningamdike 1282 YI, Dernynghamdyke 1303 YI, Derynghamdyke 1415 YI, Darnyngham Dyk 1447 (1462) Pat. Derringham may have as its first element a pers. name De (a )rna or De (o )rna , which would be either a nickname 'the sly one' from (Angl. dearne ) OE  dierne 'secret,' or a short name from OE  Dēornōð (found in Darrington, PN WRY 57, cf. also Darlington, PN NbDu 60–1). 'Homestead of Derna and his people,' v. ingaham . The prefixed elements in the different early spellings are from leah , wiella , eng ; Sene - is obscure unless it be for Seue -, from OScand  sef 'sedge.' The prefixing of words of this kind is unusual, but we have another example in Hollows supra 171.