Copythorne

settlement
parish:
county:
coords:
Copythorne
Hampshire
SU3014
refce: HANTSLOC.t

old map: 25inch County Series map -- Hants LXIV.6

Copythorne
otherwise: Coppethorne , 1327-1377; Copped Thorne Common , 1754

refce: Coates 1989
COPYTHORNE, modern parish carved out of Eling
Middle English 'pollarded (haw)thorn', a place name also in evidence in Hertfordshire and Surrey as 'Copthorne'. (Cf also the CUTTED THORN in Southampton.) Middle English 'copped' could apparently also mean 'having the upper part removed', of a house, or conversely 'having a high top', and there is a recurring house name type 'Copthall' (eg Middlesex). There is, coincidentally, a 'Copied Hall' in this parish. Which meaning is intended, only local knowledge can decide. There is also a 'Pollard Moor' (sometimes appearing on modern maps as 'Pollards Moor') which may involve a surname.

Hampshire Gazetteer - JandMN: 2001