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 Farnham

Historical Forms

  • Feresbi 1086 DB
  • Feringebi 1239 FF
  • Feringesby(e), Feryngesby(e) 1269 Linds 1301 YI 1316 Vill 1576 FF
  • Feryngisby(e) 1522 KnaresWill
  • Feringsby(e) 1583 PRFrn
  • Ferinsby, Ferinsbie 1606 KnaresWill 1609 PRFrn


The first el. may well be, as Ekwall suggests, ON  fǽreyingr 'a man from the Faroe Islands', v. .It is also possible that it is an OE  fear (n )ing meaning 'a man from the adjacent parish of Farnham' (v. 91supra ), an elliptical formation in -ing of the type found in Buckingway C 173 (named from 'the men of Boxworth', cf. EPN i, 302). Although in many p.ns. containing fearn there is a loss of -n (as in Fareham Ha, Fernham 1086 DB, Fereham c. 1130), Farnham itself rarely shows this loss (cf. Phonol. § 45).