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.

Somerford Keynes

Major Settlement in the Parish of Somerford Keynes

Historical Forms

  • Sumerford 683 BCS c.1125 931 RBE 14th Fees 1211 1242
  • Somerford Kaynes 1289 Ass
  • Somerford Keynes 1291 Tax
  • Kaaynes in 1222 (FineR)
  • Kignes, Kaignes (1242 Fees)


'Ford passable during the summer months,' cf. Somerford infra 73. William de Kahaines held the manor in 1211 (RBE), spelt Kaaynes in 1222 (FineR), Kignes , Kaignes (1242 Fees).The family name derives from Cahagnes in Normandy.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name