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.

Rockhampton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Rockhampton

Historical Forms

  • Rochtvne 1086 DB
  • Rochamt(on), Rokhamt(on)' 1211–13,1220 Fees 1281 Ch 1322 MinAcct
  • Rokehamton' 1248 Ass
  • Rochampton, Rokhampton Hy3 Ipm 1248 Ass 1291 Tax 1489 Pat
  • Rokehampton 1400 ib
  • Rokehampton als. Rokyngton 1506 ib
  • Rockington als. Rock(e)hampton, Rockynton als. Rock(e)hampton 1566 FF 1631 Inq

Etymology

'Homestead by the rock', v. rocc 'rock', hām-tūn, but the first el. could be hrōc 'rook'.