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.


Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Odenet 1086 DB 1232 Cur 1267 Pat
  • Hodeneth c.1090,c.1138,1241 SAC
  • Hodenet 1121 SAC 1398 Cl
  • Hodenete 1231 Cur
  • Hodenat 1284 Pat
  • Hodenit 1361 Cl 1724,9 PR(L) 1735,1807 PR(L)
  • Hodenette 1374 AD
  • Hoddenett 1227 Ch
  • Hodnet 1230 P 1274 Ipm 1345 Cl 1374 AD c.1540 Leland
  • Hodnett 1383 SBL15760 1535 VE 1598,1617,1716,24,31 PR(L)
  • Hodnitt 1684 1738 PR(L)
  • Hodnit 1724,9 PR(L) 1735,1807 PR(L)
  • Hodenhac 1232 Cur
  • Hodynet 1284 Ipm 1398 Cl
  • Odinett 1690-1 SBL5230


Ekwall's suggestion (DEPN) that this is a British name meaning 'pleasant valley', from the words which became Modern Welsh  hawdd and nant , has met with general acceptance. Ekwall explains the loss of the second n in nant as due to dissimilation. It is clear from the voluminous documentation set out above that the letter had disappeared completely by the time of the Norman Conquest.

There are several instances of Hoddnant in Wales. In Cornwall the corresponding name has become Hennett, Henon and Huthnance. Hodnet overlooks the broad valley of the R. Tern.Prees, the adjoining parish on the N.W., also has a British name.

Although Odenet is the DB form for the manor, the hundred-name appears there as Hod (e )net .

The Tithe Award recognises nine townships: Little Bolas, Hawkstone, Hodnet, Hopton and Espley, Kenstone, Lostford, Marchamley, Peplow, Weston under Redcastle and Wixhill, Wollerton. Weston with Wixhill was a chapelry as well as a township, and it is shown as a separate unit on the 1967 OS map of Civil Parishes: it has been treated as a parish in this survey.

Major Settlements