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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Hove

Historical Forms

  • la Houne in vill. de Preston 1288 Ass
  • Houue 1296 SR 1348 FF
  • Houve 1302 Cl 1340 NI
  • Huna 1291 Tax
  • Huva 1405 Cicestr
  • Huve 1340 NI 1380 SAC5,240 1395 Pat 1428 FA
  • Houe 1332 SR
  • Hova 1535 VE
  • Howffe 1531 SRS19,200
  • Hoove 1675 Ogilby


The n in some of the forms given above is an error of transcription for u . The name would seem to go back to OE  hūfe , ME  houve , 'hood, covering.' The name was probably applied in the first instance by way of nickname to some small dwelling.OHG  hûba is similarly used (Förstemann, ON i, 1535).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site