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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Howden

Historical Forms

  • Cotes 1086 DB
  • Coteness(e) 1199 FF 1246 Ass 1367 YD
  • Cotenes 1359 FF
  • Cottenes(se) 1246 Ass 1379 Poll 1432 YD
  • Coutenesse 1285 KI
  • Cotnes(se) 1435 NCWills 1546 FF


'Headland with cottages,' v. cote , næss . Here, as in Reedness (WRY), the nes is a flat triangular piece of land round which the Ouse flows, now called Whitgift Ness (from Whitgift, WRY, on the opposite bank of the river). A piece of land similarly placed in regard to the river Aire in Rawcliffe (WRY) was called Nes c. 1219 Selby.