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 Alvechurch

Historical Forms

  • Hopwudeswic, Hopwuda (dat.) 849 BCS455 11th
  • Hopwuda 934 BCS701 11th
  • Hopwod 1208 Fees38 1273 Ipm 1275 Wigorn
  • Hoppewode 1255 Ass
  • Hupwode (ter), Hupwodeʒelde 1299 RBB 18th
  • Hopewodeʒelde 1408 EcclVar
  • Hopewode 1591 Wills


'Wood in the valley,' v. hop , wudu . The first form denotes the wic or dairy farm belonging to Hopwood, and it is an interesting example of the genitival type of compound. For ʒelde v. Burcot in Bromsgrove infra 338 and cf. Pentonʒelde infra and Alcoteʒelde supra 333.