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.

Compton Scorpion

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ilmington

Historical Forms

  • Hethin Cumpton 1242 Fees
  • Hethene Cumptone 1247 SR
  • Comton Schorefen 1279 Nott 1285 Ass
  • Cumpton Scor(e)fen 1298 Pat 1814 Brewer
  • Cumpton Scorfyn 1477 Cl
  • Compton Scorfyn 1403 IpmR
  • Compton Scorefen c.1500 MinAcct
  • Compton Scorphyn 1546 FF
  • Compton Scorffyn 1562 ib
  • Compton Scorpion 1781 EnclA


It is difficult to say why the adjective heathen , whatever its sense may be, is applied to Compton Scorpion and the origin of the addition Scorefen is unknown, v. cumb , tun .

Places in the same Parish