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.

Virginia Water

Early-attested site in the Parish of Egham


Virginia Water is marked in Bowen's map (1749). It is a fancy name, given to the artificial lake formed here by order of the Duke of Cumberland in 1748 (VCH iii, 420).