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.

Stodden Hundred

Hundred in the County of Bedfordshire

Historical Forms

  • Stoden(e) 1086 DB 1163 P 1227 Ass
  • Stodden(e) 1086 DB 1202 Ass 1287 Ass 1302,1316,1346,1428 FA
  • Stodone 1175 P
  • Stodesden 1177 P
  • Stotden 1276 Ass


v. stod , denu . 'Stud-valley' or possibly, if we may assume that the 1276 form preserves unassimilated consonants which have been assimilated in all the earlier forms, we should take the first element to be OE  stott. The difference of sense would be slight. The site of the meeting-place of the Hundred is unknown.