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.

Long Compton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Long Compton

Historical Forms

  • Cuntone 1086 DB
  • Cumtona 1123 Warwick
  • Cumpton(a) 1218 Bracton 1231 Cl
  • Cumpton Magna 1275 RH
  • Compton in Henmers 1278 Pat
  • Cumpton in Hennemersh 1278 Cl
  • Cumpton Garynges 1305 Pat
  • Magna Compton in Hennemersshe 1316 ib
  • Cumbton in Hennemersch 1338 Ipm
  • Cumpton juxta Whicheford 1477 Compton
  • Over Compton 1520 LP
  • Compton Longa 1535 VE
  • Compton al. Longe Compton 1600 Recov
  • Long Compton al. Much Compton 1600 Compton


'Valley farm,' v. cumb , tun . Distinguished from the other neighbouring Comptons by various epithets. Magna because the largest, Long because the village is a good mile in length, Over in relation to Compton Wyniates supra 279, Henmarsh because it lies on the east margin of this area, partly in Gloucestershire. Cf. Moreton in the Marsh in that county, corrupted from Moreton Henmarsh (PN Gl 82, no). The name would have reference to a marshy district frequented by wild fowl, v. henne , mersc . Cf. Barton on Heath supra 298.