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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Whitchurch

Historical Forms

  • Witecerce 1086 DB
  • Hwitcherche 1221 Ass
  • Withechirche 1235 Fees
  • Wythechirche 1298 Wigorn
  • Whytechirch 1265 Misc


Further forms are without interest, the first element being invariably Whit (e )- or Whyt (e )- or Wyt (e )-. Probably 'white (stone) church.' For a discussion of the name, v. PN D 247, s. n. Whitchurch.

Places in the same Parish