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 Yardley

Historical Forms

  • Stichesford 1267 Ipm
  • Stigford 1275 Ass
  • Stifford 1275 SR
  • Stichford 1296,1318 ADi 1670 FF c.1830 O
  • Sticheford, Stycheford 1303 Wigorn 1410 ADi 1583 Wills


The forms are late but consistent with derivation from OE  stȳfic , 'stump.' Possibly therefore 'ford by the stump.' There are no u -forms but such are commonly absent in the case of stȳfa -stȳfic - names, perhaps owing to the following labial, cf. Stewkley (PN Bk 72).