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.

Houndless Water

Early-attested site in the Parish of Haslemere

Historical Forms

  • Houndeley Water 1542 Loseley
  • Howndles(s) Water 1548 LRMB 1614 Swanton
  • Hondelye 1332 SR


Houndless Water (6″) is Houndeley Water 1542Loseley , Howndles (s ) Water 1548LRMB , 1614 Swanton, and is to be associated with the family of Richard Hondelye (1332 SR). This may be a genuine place-name, v. hund , leah , or the name may be of manorial origin, the family having come from elsewhere.In any case it is clear that Houndless is a corruption of Houndley 's .Cf. Boundless Fm infra 214.