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Enticknaps Copse

Early-attested site in the Parish of Dunsfold

Historical Forms

  • Anekecnappe 13th AD
  • Anekekaape (sic) 1282 Bodl
  • Anteknappe 1332 SR
  • An(e)decnappe 1344,t.Ed3 Ct
  • Andeknep 1377 Ct


Enticknaps Copse (6″) is to be associated with the family of John de Anekecnappe (13thAD ), Henry de Anekekaape (sic) (1282 Bodl) and Thomas de Anteknappe (1332 SR), de An(e)decnappe 1344, t. Ed 3Ct , John Andeknep 1377Ct . The name probably did not originate here, though the whereabouts of the place which gave rise to the family name is unknown. The second element is cnæpp . The first is difficult. If the forms with d or t are the correct ones, it may be OE  ened, 'duck' (cf. Ansteadbrook supra 187), or æmette , 'ant.' If the k -spellings are the genuine ones, we may have to do with a personal name Anneca , as in Ancton (PN Sx 140).