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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Bedale

Historical Forms

  • Torneton 1086 DB
  • Thorneton Collinge, Thorneton Collynge 1270 YI 1328 Banco
  • Collyng(e) 1400 YI 1538 FF
  • Cowling(e) 1572 FF 1666 Visit


v. þorn , tun . Cowling was originally a feudal addition like Picot in Newton Picot 227supra . Later the first element was lost. The name Colling appears in DB, Riev, and P (1185), and is a patronymic derived from OE  Cola (v. Redin 46, 166).