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.

Little Compton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Little Compton

Historical Forms

  • Contone parva 1086 DB
  • Cumpthone t.Hy3 Monast
  • Parva Compton 1301 Wigorn
  • Compton in Floribus 1535 VE


'Valley farm,' cf. Compton supra 269. Little to distinguish probably from Long Compton near by. In Floribus , i.e. 'among the flowers', perhaps has reference to the sheltered position of the village. Cf. Weston in the Thistles infra 300.

Places in the same Parish