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.

Clifton Hampden

Major Settlement in the Parish of Clifton Hampden

Historical Forms

  • Cliftona 1146 RegAntiquiss 18th
  • Clypton 1252 FF


'tūnon a clif.' No reference has been found to a family named Hampden . There is, however, a group of names in this region ending in -hampton —Chislehampton, Brookhampton and Stadhampton— and it is possible that the same process of analogy which added -ton to the name of Stadhampton may have given the suffix to Clifton Hampden.