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Major Settlement in the Parish of Pinner

Historical Forms

  • Pinnora 1232 Ch
  • Pinora 1232 FF
  • Pinnore 1248 SelectPleas
  • Pynnore 1257 FF 1349 Orig
  • Pinhore 1253 FF
  • Pinnere 1332 BM
  • Pynner in the parish of Harrow 1532 FF
  • Pynnor 1483 FF


The second element is ora, 'bank, edge, slope,' etc. The original village street slopes steeply up to the church from the Pinn River, but there can be little doubt that that river-name is a late back-formation (cf. supra 5). The first element may be the OE  pinn , 'pin, peg,' but it is difficult to see how this could be used in a topographical sense here. Alternatively we may have this word used as a personal name, originally a nickname. Cf. the names Pin (Gl) and Pinna (Wo) recorded from DB (Feilitzen 344). Cf. also pinnan rod (KCD 767) and PN Wo 338, s. n. Pinton.