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.

Udford Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Brougham

Historical Forms

  • Udfet 1408 Pat
  • Udfoot 1684 BdyR(Og3) 1685 PR 1782 et freq
  • Udfoot House 1792 ib
  • Udfford 1714 RatesE 1839 TA


Udford Ho, Udfet 1408 Pat, Udfoot 1684BdyR (Og 3), 1685 PRet freq to 1782 ib, (Udfoot House ) 1792 ib, Udfford 1714RatesE 25, 1839TA .Udford itself is across the Eamont (Cu 191), and the name may well have denoted a ford across the river (v. ford), but fot (dat.sg. fet as in Mintsfeet i, 120supra ), denoting land at the foot of a hill or river is, on the evidence of the earliest spellings, more likely. The first el. could be the OE  pers.n. Uda .