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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Pauntley

Historical Forms

  • Chitiford 1086 DB
  • Ketifort 1200,1220 GlR
  • Ketiford 1225 Hopt 13 Misc 1248 Ass 1258,1280–90 Newent44,68d
  • Kediford, (e) 1278 Newent8 1287,1293 Ipm
  • Ket(t)ford Hy3 BM 1318 FF 1631 PR
  • cytanford 1005 KCD714


Derived by Ekwall from OE  cȳtan -ford 'ford haunted by a kite' (v. cȳta , ford , and cf. OE cytanford 1005 KCD 714 in Sr). But it could equally well be 'Cydda's ford' from the OE  pers.n. Cyd (d )a .The regular lowering of e.ME  -i - to -e - would perhaps favour the latter; the frequent medial -i - may represent OE  gen.sg. -an (cf. Phonol. § 49); medial -t - would be an assimilation of -d - before the following voiceless -f -.