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.

Thorney Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ely Trinity Detached

Historical Forms

  • (insula de) Torneie c.1206 ElyCh
  • Thorneye 1280 Rental
  • Thornee 1349 MinAcct


Thorney Hill takes name from (insula de ) Torneie c. 1206ElyCh , Thorneye 1280Rental (p), Thornee 1349MinAcct . 'Island covered with thorn-bushes,' v. ēg and cf. Thorney infra 280.