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.

Ornhams Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Aldborough

Historical Forms

  • Auenham 1388,1410,1428 MinAcct
  • Avenham 1452,1462,1611 ib
  • Awuenam 1606 FF
  • Annam 1771 M
  • Hornam 1817 M


Ornhams Hall, Auenham 1388, 1410, 1428MinAcct , Avenham 1452, 1462, 1611 ib, Awuenam 1606 FF, Annam 1771 M, Hornam 1817 M.v. af-nám 'land detached from an estate, land newly taken into use'.The place is in the extreme south of the township. The modern form arises from the vocalisation of preconsonantal -f - in Av (e )nham , and the new diphthong Au - was later normally simplified to [ɔː].