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 West Overton

Historical Forms

  • pytteldene 939 BCS734
  • Pykkeldean 1570 PembSurv
  • Piggledean 1815 O.S.
  • Speckledean 1820 G


Pickledean (6″) is pytteldene 939 BCS 734, Pykkeldean 1570 PembSurv, Piggledean 1815 O.S., Speckledean 1820 G. The first element is OE  pyttel , 'mouse-hawk,' cf. Studies 91. Hence 'hawk-valley.' Interchange of [t] and [k] is common. For sp cf. Smatcham supra 302.