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.

Hornington Grange

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bolton Percy

Historical Forms

  • Horninctune, Horni(n)tone 1086 DB
  • Hornynton 1188 RegAlbii,97
  • Hornington(a), Hornyngton(a) 1190 P l.12 YDx e.13 YDv 1223 Pat c.1230 Bodl76 1280 Ass7 1621 FF
  • Hornyngton(a) on Querf 1349 FF
  • Hornigton(a), Hornygton(a) 1202,1246 FF 1259 YDii c.1290 Percy 1318 YDvi
  • Horningeton 1196 P 1208,1221 FF 1586 WillY
  • Hornyton, Ornyngton 1304,1305 Ch


This could be 'farmstead of those dwelling on the horn ', v. -ingas (esp. § 4), tūn , but in view of the infrequency of spellings in -inge - it is rather to be taken as 'farmstead near the horn ', with the connective -ing 4 , which is sometimes used with appellatives (cf. Rimington vi, 176infra ). The horn (OE  horn 'a projecting horn- shaped piece of land, esp. one formed in a river-bend,) is probably the long stretch of land included in the angle formed by the R. Wharfe and The Foss (the latter separating it from the rest of Bolton township); this horn also enters into Hornley f.n. infra . Hornton and Horley O 399 are a parallel pair of similar origin.