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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Sutton on Hull

Historical Forms

  • Sefholm(um) 1197–1210,1249–69 Melsa
  • Swafham 1343 Baildon
  • Sopham 1542 MinAcct


Soffham is Sefholm (um )1197–1210, 1249–69 Melsa. 'Meadow overgrown with sedge,' v. sef , holmr . Cf. Dan . Sivholm . Later forms of the name include Swafham 1343 Baildon, Sopham 1542MinAcct ; these adaptations arise from the fact that the family de Suafham (from Swaffham, Nf) held land in the district (1254 FF).