Amusing place names can be found all over the UK, and Hampshire has a few to rival the best.
Can Hampshire’s funniest place names match up with UK classics like Tiddlywink, Scratchy Bottom and Rotten End?
9 of the dumbest place names in Hampshire
Tiptoe is a small hamlet in the New Forest National Park with around 100 inhabitants.
Its particular name derives from a surname of French origin recorded in the 13th century as “Typetot”, a member of the “Tibetot” family later owning land near the area in the 14th century.
Another location in the New Forest National Park is Frogham, just a few miles from the town of Fordinbridge.
The reference to the amphibian in the name of the village may refer to an Anglo-Saxon personal name or to the fact that the village was near a pond or body of water, as the site explains. Nonington’s web here which discusses another Frogham in Kent.
The end of the world
This apocalyptic-sounding name belongs to a small village in the civil parish of Denmead, not far from Winchester.
Notably, it has one of the oldest postboxes in the UK, and there are other places dotted around England that also share the name.
Oliver’s Battery is a civil parish in Hampshire, south of Winchester.
According to the parish website, the name dates back to the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell allegedly bombarded Winchester from a battery of cannons in an earthwork on the site.
However, he adds that the historical accuracy of this is unconfirmed.
A very British name here, Middle Wallop is a village in the civil parish of Nether Wallop.
Together the villages of Over Wallop, Middle Wallop and Nether Wallop are known as The Wallops and line up roughly north to south following the course of Wallop Creek.
The village and civil parish of Martin is located near the western border of Hampshire in the New Forest region.
It is likely that its name derives from the Old English “Maeretun” meaning “border farm”, or “Meretun” meaning “pond farm”.
This place doesn’t actually have a badger farm, but rather a civil parish of Winchester.
It was named after William Badger, who was once a farmer in the area.
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The village of Dibden Purlieu is situated on the edge of Hampshire in the New Forest region, and is close to the town of Hythe.
Its name comes from the fact that it was in the parish of Dibden and it was combined with the Norman-French word Purlieu, meaning “the outskirts of a forest”.
Situated in the civil parish of Over Wallop is the village of Palestine, approximately 11 kilometers from Andover.
One reason the village might share a name with the Middle Eastern state is its remoteness, halfway between Salisbury and Andover.