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 Hinton

Historical Forms

  • Nesse 1086 DB
  • Schobbenasse 1368 Ipm
  • Shobonasse parc' 1439 IpmR
  • Shob(b)enas(s)he 1444 1575 TRMB
  • Shepnes(se) 1516 MinAcct
  • Shepney 1584 Comm
  • Sharpness Point 1824 M


The Scharpenesse forms from 1314, 1349 Ipm cited by Baddeley refer to land in Fairford (i, 36supra ) and not to Sharpness, which is merely a corruption of the older name Schobbenasse , adapted to suit this pointed headland. 'Sc(e)obba's headland', v. næss . The first el. is an OE  pers.n. Sc (e )obba as in Shabbington (Bk 128), scobbe stane (19supra ), scheobanwerzthe 842 BCS 438 and scobban oran 956 ib 932.