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.

South Erpingham Hundred

Hundred in the County of Norfolk

Historical Forms

  • Erpingaham Svd, Erpingeham Suth', Sud Herpingeham, Sud Herpincham, Svderpincham, Ærpincham svd, Erpincham Svd 1086 DB
  • Sutherpingeham 1219 Fees
  • Sudherpingham 1199 Fees 1200to1210 P
  • Sutherpingham 1212,1220 Fees 1257 Ass 1330 SR
  • Suderpinham 1269 Ass
  • Suterpingham 1273 Ipm
  • Suth Erpingham 1275 RH
  • Southerpyngham 1370 Fine
  • Southerpyngham 1384,1397,1399 Pat
  • (in duobus hundredis de) Herpingeham l.12 HMC
  • hundredum de Kaustun (Cawston) 1222 Pat
  • Hondred hill 1632 Ct (2x)


Named from Erpingham, parish and village in South Erpingham Hundred (v. infra ). Arngart (EHN I 64 note 2) points out that hundredum de Kaustun (Cawston) 1222 Pat refers to South Erpingham Hundred.According to Blomefield VI 240 a hundred court was held at Cawston under Henry III in 1226. Cf. Moathill in Cawston (v. South Erpingham Hundred infra ) to be compared with Moat Low (PN Db II 399) and Mutlow Hill (PN C 138) from OE  mōt 'meeting' and hlāw 'hill'). Matlask in North Erpingham Hundred (v. infra ) is a name which clearly also indicates a kind of meeting-place, and Hondred hill 1632Ct (2x) in Skeyton, South Erpingham Hundred, is worthy of note.