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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Frensham

Historical Forms

  • Cert 688 BCS c.1150
  • Chert 1210,1251,1253 Rental 1294 Ass 1307 FF 1346 Rental 1561 Moulton
  • Chertte 1664 SR
  • (la) Churt 1206,1288,1301 Rental
  • in bosco de Churt ib.
  • Churt 1332,1525 SR
  • Cheurt 1279 Ass
  • Chyrte 1398 SR
  • Chirte t.Hy8 Ct
  • Chearte 1583 Musters
  • Charte 1593,1629 SR 1765 R


This is OE  cert, ceart, found several times in Surrey names (v. infra 350). These places were doubtless so called by our forefathers because the ground there was overgrown with gorse, broom, bracken and the like, ground which might be called charty , i.e. rough, uncultivated. It is interesting to note that all the places in question are on sand or sandstone.