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.

Butter Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Hook Norton

Historical Forms

  • Buterhul 1154–63 Os c.1160 OxonCh
  • Buterhull' 1183–5 Os
  • Buterhil 1320 Ch


Butter Hill is Buterhul 1154–63 Os, c. 1160 OxonCh, Buterhull '1183–5 Os, Buterhil 1320 Ch. The name probably refers to the richness of the pasture. v. butere , hyll .