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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Trunch

Historical Forms

  • Trunchet, Truchet 1086 DB
  • Trunchet c.1045,1085,1145 CAcre
  • (eccl. de) Trunceto c.1145 ib
  • Trunch't c.1250 ib
  • Trunche t.Hy3 BM 1257(p),1269,1286 Ass 1301 NfD 1321,1325,1453 FF 1398 Pat 1459,1460 AD 1435 VE
  • Trunch 1254–75 Val 1263 Cl 1291 Tax 1309,1341 FF 1316 FA 1349 Ipm 1350 Pat 1410 Bodl 1450 NfA
  • Trunk 1275 Pat
  • Tronnch 1366,1367 FF
  • Truntche 1445 Past
  • Penceat 1067 BM


A name generally considered to be of Celtic origin. According to Ekwall (DEPN) it might be transferred from Le Tronchet , the name of an Abbey in Ille-et-Vilaine in France which had possessions in Norfolk. For the loss of -t , there is a parallel in Brit  Penge Sr, from Penceat 1067 BM.If it is not transferred, Ekwall says, it is no doubt formed from Celtic elements in England. This explanation seems still to be accepted (v. Mills and Padel 235).