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Survey of English Place-Names

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Sokenholes Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Tillington

Historical Forms

  • Sowkenowlles 1528 ADiii
  • Soaknoles 1823 G


Sokenholes Fm is Sowkenowlles in 1528 (AD iii), Soak Knowles in a Petworth Deed of 1534, Soaknoles in 1823 (G). The farm lies in a pronounced hollow and suits the suggestion of Professor Ekwall that the first element is OE  socen , past part, of sūcan , 'to suck,' here used with the sense 'saturated, wet' (lit. that which has sucked), hence the name means 'wet hollows.'Cf. Socknersh infra 472.