English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Highworth

Historical Forms

  • Hantone 1086 DB
  • Hamton 1227 FF
  • Hampton 1242 Fees
  • Hampton Turevill juxta Heyewurth 1272 FF
  • Hampton Turvyle 1402 FA


Hampton is Hantone 1086 DB, Hamton 1227 FF, Hampton 1242 Feeset freq , Hampton Turevill juxta Heyewurth 1272 FF, Hampton Turvyle 1402 FA. This may be from OE  hamtun or, as it lies on sharply rising ground, from OE  (æt þæm ) hēan tūne , '(at the) high farm.'Robert de Turneville held the manor in 1279 (Ass ). If this is the same man who held the not far distant Acton Turville (Gl) in 1236 (Fees), it is likely that the n in the family name is a clerical mistake (cf. DEPN s. n. Acton Turville).