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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Redlynch

Historical Forms

  • Hampteworth 1220 Ipm c.1266 Winton 1428 FA
  • Hamtewurth 1227 FF c.1286 Winton
  • Hanteworth 1268,1289 Ass 1323 Cl
  • Hampteth 1662 ParReg(Whiteparish)


Ekwall (DEPN) suggests that the name may go back to an original hamtun -worþ , but it is very difficult to accept his further suggestion that this is elliptical for Hamtunscir -worþ , i.e. 'farm on the Hampshire (border).' No parallel for such a formation can be adduced and it does not seem to be a likely one.