- 1722 Nantrorgwy, Terrier.
W., perhaps nant-yr-or-gwy, 'valley on the margin of the Wye'.
W. meaning something like 'valley-top', or 'head of the brook'.
Welsh, 'valley of the gray-blue river'.
Welsh, 'valley of the Eskley brook'.
W. nant-y-gwaun, 'brook in the meadow'.
- 1291 Nasse, Tax. Eccles.
- 1338 Nasse, Glos. Cart.
M.E. eaten ashe, 'at the ash-tree'. There is a Nash also in Fownhope and a Nashend in Bosbury. As a place-name Nash is found in several other counties also, Mons., Pembs., Bucks., Salop, and Soms. The Mons. Nash is in Lib. Land. 'Ecclesia de Fraxino'. In the Heref. Ep. Regs. between 1331 and 1346 Walter, John, Richard, Nicholaus, and Roger atte Nasshe, or Nessche, were ordained. For the transfer of n cf. Noke (Oxfs ) which is atten oke, 'at the oak-tree'; and Nechells (Warwcs.) which in 1300 is Les Echelis, and, circ. 1500, 'Echells otherwise Nechells'. The same thing has occurred in the word Newt which is 'an eft'.
No old forms. Possibly on the analogy of Nash (a place- name found in the same parish), 'at the elm-tree'.
- Ledbury,1304 Northyntone, Ep. Reg.
- Ledbury,1338 Netherton, Val. Eccles.
- Pencoyd,1551 Nethertoune, Inq. p.m.
So in 1831 Ord. Map; but it seems in the 18th century to have been called Northwood.
First so called in 1120 when they were built by Robert of Ewias (who gave to E.H. Priory the land on which the old barns had stood).
- 1334 Newechurche, Assize R.
- 1343 Newchirche, Ep. Reg.
- Clod.1086 Newentone, Niwetone, Neutone, Dom.
- 1243 Newtone, T. de Nevill.
- Welsh N.1341 Neuton, Non. Inq.
O.E. Niwe tun, 'new-town'. There is a Newton also in Kinnersley, and one in Croft which is Neuton in 1346 (F.A.). New Street in Ledbury has been so called since 1461.
- 1123 Niwetuna, Leom. Cart.
No date, but later Newenton, Leom. Cart. There is a Newton also in Little Birch, and in 1537 a Newborugh in Abbeydore.
- 1086 Niware, Dom.
Old forms wanted, probably of same origin as Norke (q.v.).
- 1334 La Noke, Chart. R.
- 1366 The Noke, Ep. Reg.
- 1529 Noke, Ind. Ct R.
- 1831 Noke, Ord. Map.
Probably (like the Oxfs. Noke) O.E. atten oke, 'at the oak- tree'. (Near by is Nokelane Head.)
- 1086 Nortune, Dom.
- 1291 Nortune, Tax. Eccles.
- 1341 Nortune, Non. Inq.
Belonging to Dean and Chapter of Hereford. There is a Norton also in Bromyard.There is a Norton also in Bromyard.
- circ. 1166 Dunitune, Capes. Identified as Nunnington by Canon Capes, from details as to land still held by the Chapter of Hereford.
- 1219 Dunnitune, Capes. Identified as Nunnington by Canon Capes, from details as to land still held by the Chapter of Hereford.
- 1327 Nonynton, Plac. de Banco.
It is not clear how Dunitune (which should have become Donnington or the like) changed into Nonynton, and so to Nunnington.Return to top of page