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Early-attested site in the Parish of Huntingdon

Historical Forms

  • Hychelingbrok 1260 Ass
  • Inchinbrok 1378 BM
  • Fynchyngbroke 1402,1412 BM
  • Fynchynkbroke 1478 BM
  • Fyncheynbroke 1478 BM
  • Hynchenbrok 1526 LS
  • Hynchingbroke 1535 VE


This is a difficult name. Change of initial h to f is, however, not without parallel (v. Filbert Haugh in PN NbDu 85). In any case we may assume that h is the original initial sound. An OE  Hyncelingabroc would explain the forms here given. There is on record an OE Hynca (LVD) from which an -il diminutive, Hyncel could easily be derived. Hence we may interpret the name as 'the stream of Hyncel's people.' Cf. Billing Brook supra 193 for a stream-name of this type.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement