The Meaning Of Place Names In The New Forest
Ashley The clearing in the Ash tree wood.
Bartley The clearing in the Birch tree wood.
Barton on Sea Beorma’s Farm.
Bashley The clearing in the wood, the home of Baegloc.
Beaulieu The beautiful place.
Bournemouth Mouth of the Bourne River.
Bramshaw Bramble Copse.
Brockenhurst Broka’s Wood.
Burley The clearing by the Hill Fort.
Brook The rushing water.
Cadnam The home of Cada.
Christchurch Originally known as Tweoxneam (Twynham) from Old English betweoxn (between) and éam (rivers), was later renamed Christchurch following after the construction of the Christchurch Norman priory in 1094.
Eling Edla’s followers.
Keyhaven The harbour from where the cows were shipped.
Hampshire Means the Shire (district) around Hamtum, which is the old name for Southampton.
Hythe The name Hythe means landing place.
Lepe The name perhaps means “leaping place,” for a jumpable stream.
Lymington The farm among the Elm trees.
Lyndhurst Linden tree wood (deciduous lime tree not the citrus lime tree).
Netley Marsh The name is probably derived from the Old English words of naet and leah, meaning Wet and Clearing in the Wood.
New Milton Middle farm.
Oakley The clearing in the Oak tree wood.
Pennington The original manor was first recorded as Penyton in the12th century, and Penington in 1272. It is thought that perhaps the name meant Penny Farm.
Ringwood The wood on the edge of the Forest.
Solent First recorded in 731 as Soluente the meaning of the pre english name is uncertain.
Sway From the old English name of “Svieia”, which means “noisy stream”.
The Avon River The River.
The Avon Water The Water ( this name is a combination of the Celtic word Avon meaning Water and the Saxon word Water).
Wootton Farm in the wood.
© New Forest Handbook. All rights reserved.