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.

The Grapsome

Early-attested site in the Parish of Hook

Historical Forms

  • Grapelingeham 1179,1203 Merton 1229 FF
  • Grapeling(g)esham 1189 Merton c.1225 Deed 1277 Cl
  • Graphlingesham 1248 FF
  • Grapelingham 1252 Ch
  • Grapelyngham 1514 Merton
  • Cramplingesham 1276 FF
  • Crappelingham 1279 Ass
  • Grapelyngeham 1332 SR
  • Grappesham al. Graplingham 1535 VE

Etymology

The Grapsome (6″) is Grapelingeham 1179, 1203 Merton, 1229 FF (p), Grapeling (g )esham 1189 Merton, c. 1225Deed , 1277 Cl, Graphlingesham 1248 FF (p), Grapelingham 1252 Ch, Grapelyngham 1514 Merton, Cramplingesham 1276 FF (p), Crappelingham 1279Ass , Grapelyngeham 1332 SR (p), Grappesham al. Graplingham 1535 VE. No certainty is possible. The form of the name suggests that the first element is a personal name. Professor Ekwall notes OGer  Greifi , Greifing , ON  Greip , Greipr from the stem grāp -, 'grasp,' and suggests that there was an OE  personal name Grāpling or Grǣpling of the nick-name type. The second element is ham(m).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement