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.

Pepper Wood

Early-attested site in the Parish of Belbroughton

Historical Forms

  • Pup(p)erode 1230 P c.1255 For 1276 RH 1314 Pat
  • Pepperod(e) 1251 Ch 1463 IpmR
  • Purperode c.1255 For 1276 RH 1314 Pat
  • Pipperod 1262 For 1275 Ass
  • Popperod 1271 For
  • Pypperode 1494 IpmR
  • Pyperode Wood c.1830 O


It is clear that in this name we have the same pers. name Pypba or Pyppa which is found in Pepwell and Peopleton supra 216, 245 and Pedmore infra 305. The suffix is rod and the whole name means 'Pypba's clearing.' This is all part of an old forest-area.