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.

Horsted Keynes

Major Settlement in the Parish of Horsted Keynes

Historical Forms

  • Horsted(e) 1086 DB
  • Horsted(e) Kaynes 1261 Ass
  • Horsted(e) Keynes 1295 Ipm 1332 SR
  • Grethorsted 1511 SRS14,75
  • Orsteda 1121 AC
  • Horsestud c.1190 Cur
  • Hosted Caines 1721 SRS17,170


'Place where horses were kept,' v. stede . The manor belonged to William de Cahainges (sic) as early as DB. He came from Cahagnes , between Vire and Bayeux (VCH i. 378). Great in relation to Little Horsted infra 348.