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Survey of English Place-Names

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Cop Court, Upper Copcourt Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Aston Rowant

Historical Forms

  • Cobicote 1199 Cur
  • Cobbecote 14th Thame c.1427 AD
  • Cobbecotes 1428 FA
  • Cupicot' 1199(freq),1200 Cur
  • Cupicote 1199 Cur
  • Copicote 1200 P 1285 Ass
  • Coppecot' 1251 Cl
  • Coppecote 1287 FF 1377 Cl
  • Copycot 1297 CornAcc
  • Copecote 1316 FA
  • Cobcot 1407–8 AD early18th ParColl 1797 Davis
  • Cobcotte 1427 AD
  • Cobcote 1508 Ipm
  • Copcote 1538 AD


The second element is cot(e). The first could be any one of the personal names Coppa , Cuba , *Cobba . Alternatively it could be either the word copp , 'top, summit,' or the word *cobb (e ), assumed by Ekwall (DEPN) as the source of Cobb Do. There is the hill called Prospect Hill rather less than three-quarters of a mile to the north, and the tumulus of Adwell Cop rather more than a mile to the south.'Cottage(s) by the hill' is good sense, but cot(e) is very frequently compounded with a personal name as first element. The original second element has been replaced by court , as being more appropriate to the building with a moat, part of which survives.

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