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.

Hyam Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Malmesbury

Historical Forms

  • Heyham, Litleheiham 13th RegMalm
  • Hyham c.1300 Malm
  • Higham juxta Malmesbury 1526 Ct
  • Greate Higham Coppes 1547 Pat
  • High Ham 1816 O.S.


Hyam Fm is Heyham , Litleheiham 13th RegMalm, Hyham c. 1300Malm , Higham juxta Malmesbury 1526Ct , Greate Higham Coppes 1547 Pat, High Ham 1816 O.S. 'High ham or hamm.'The latter element is perhaps the more probable here, since the farm lies on rising ground near a big bend in the Avon.