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 Kidderminster

Historical Forms

  • Pokeleston 1240 WoP
  • Pokleston 1275 SR 1294,1307 Ipm
  • Pokelstone 1333 FF
  • Powkelston 1553 Wills
  • Buxson, Puxon 1561 Wills 1700 FF


OE  pūcel is a 'goblin' and this place might mean 'goblin's farm.' More probably it is that word used as a pers. name, cf. the weak form found in Pucklechurch (Gl), Pucelancyrcan (BCS 887).