For Scandinavian usage, see Torp (architecture).
For other uses, see Thorp (disambiguation).

Thorp is a Middle English word for a hamlet or small village, from Old English (Anglo-Saxon)/Old Norse þorp (also thorp).[1] There are many place names in England with the suffix "-thorp" or "-thorpe". Most are in West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk but some are in Surrey.

Old English (Anglo-Saxon) þorp is cognate with Low-Saxon trup/trop/drup/drop as in Handrup or Waltrop, Frisian terp, German torp or dorf as in Düsseldorf, the 'Village of the river Düssel', and Dutch dorp.[2]


  1. Caroline Taggart (8 June 2011). The Book of English Place Names: How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names. Ebury Publishing. p. 182. ISBN 978-1-4090-3498-8.
  2. "thorp." In Oxford Dictionary of English, edited by Stevenson, Angus. : Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-957112-3

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