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.

Creed Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bosham

Historical Forms

  • Cride 1296 SR
  • Crede 1539 LP
  • Creeve 1587 SAC66,112
  • Creed 1651 SAC23,227


Professor Ekwall suggests that we have here a lost OE  crȳde , a derivative of an OE  crēad cognate with OHG  krût , OLG krūd , 'weeds, plants.' The meaning would be 'place where plants grow, garden' or the like.