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.

Stoke Farthing

Early-attested site in the Parish of Broad Chalke

Historical Forms

  • (be eastan) stoke, to stoc hæmalande 955 BCS917 14th
  • Stokes 1258 Ch
  • Stoke Verdoun 1332 MinAcct
  • Stoke Vardon 1474 IpmR
  • Stoke Verthing 1570 PembSurv
  • Stoke Verdyn 1571 SR


Probably 'dependent settlement,' v. stoc and Studies 23.stochæma (gen. pl.) denotes the dwellers at Stoke, v. hæme .John de Verdun held the manor in 1258 (Ch) and the present spelling is a piece of folk-etymology. The family came from Verdun in France.