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.

Pallingham Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Wisborough Green

Historical Forms

  • Palingham 1233 Cl 1436 IpmR
  • Pallingeham 1276 Misc
  • Palyngeham 1299 Ass 1325 Misc 1342 FF
  • Pallyngham 1329 Ipm


This may mean 'ham(m) of the people of Poling' (v. infra 171), referring to a small settlement of people from that place.There was another such a few miles away in Petworth, v. Limbo Fm supra 117, possibly also at Pallingfold in Rudgwick (1593 SRS 28). The name would show shortening of original long a in the trisyllable.