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 Dovercourt

Historical Forms

  • (æt) Douorcortae c.1000 ASWills 11th
  • Douercourt t.Hy1 Colne
  • Druurecurt (sic) 1086 DB
  • Duuercurt 1100–35 Abingdon 1185 RotDom
  • Duurecurt 1100–35,1114–22 Colne
  • Dovencurt 1198 CurR
  • Dover(e)c(o)urt 1238 FF 1283 Pat
  • Vercourt 1399 Pat
  • Dovecourt 1536 LP
  • Dovercot 1654 Indexvi


The first element is a well-known British word for water . Cf. Welsh dwfr . v. IPN 20, 24, and cf. Dover (K) and Doverdale (PN Wo 239). Dover would be originally the name of a stream, presumably that flowing past Great Oakley and Ramsey. The second element is probably the OE  word corte , found once in a Kentish charter (KCD 1363), to which Wallenberg calls attention (PN K 95). Its sense is obscure. It may be related to Lat. curtus , hence 'piece of land cut off' or the like, but no certainty is possible.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name