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.

Copthorne Hundred

Hundred in the County of Surrey

Historical Forms

  • Copededorne, Copedorne 1086 DB
  • Copdethorn 1279 Ass
  • Copthorn' 1545 SR


'At the copped (pollarded) thorn tree,' v. coppede , þorn .Cf. to þan coppedan þorne (BCS 740). The site of the Hundred meeting-place is unknown. There is a field called Copthorn in Ashtead and also one in Banstead, but they are not adjacent and it is uncertain whether either of them preserves the hundred- name.