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.

Little Washbourne

Major Settlement in the Parish of Little Washbourne

Historical Forms

  • æt Uassanburnan 780 BCS236 11th
  • Uuassanburna 840 11th ib
  • (æt) Wasseburne 780 HMC(1911)202 c.1000 KCD616 977 Cur 11th Eyre 1203 1221
  • Wassebourne 1286,1295 Episc 1327 SR 1428 FA
  • Wassaburna 840 HMC(1911)207 c.1000
  • Waseburne 1086 DB
  • Kinges Wasborne 1568 WashCt
  • Wasshburn 1348 Cl
  • Knyghts Wassheborne 1492 Ipm
  • little Washborne 1642 FF
  • Knights Washbourne 1694 PR

Etymology

'Stream in the swamp', v. wæsse , burna (cf. Wo 176, RN 436–7); the stream is a small affluent of the Carrant. The place is distinguished from Great Washbourne (51infra ) as 'Little' and 'Knights' (from some unidentified knightly tenant).