William the Conqueror gave the land to Hugh de Port and since
'an' or 'anne' was a Celtic word for 'brook', so the village was called Anne de
Port. Later this became Amport.
We live in East Cholderton, a name that often causes confusion to people - specially to visitors from afar who cannot understand why a) it is not shown on any motoring atlas or b) it isn't merely on the eastern outskirts of Cholderton, which is shown. Hardly surprisingly, a lot of our visitors tend to be late for lunch. We also meet some very animated lorry-drivers who think they are on the road to Salisbury.
It wasn't until looking up the derivation of the name in a reference book that I realised you have to go back to the Domesday Book of 1086 to reach the truth: which is, that they then had different names (though similar) and over the years these have gradually come together to form the modern name of Cholderton.
Back in 1086, East Cholderton - the Hampshire Cholderton - was recorded as Cerewartone. The 'tone' ending derives from the Old English 'tun', a homestead or village, and the first part of the name is that of the family living there. The full derivation is roughly 'the homestead of Ceolweard's people'.
Meanwhile Cholderton in Wiltshire appeared in Domesday Book as Celdrintone or Celdretone. This too has a similar derivation, thus perhaps the homestead of Celdrin's people.
With few written records until modern times, the names gradually changed over the years. More recently, the Wiltshire Cholderton became known as West Cholderton, but this distinction was soon dropped so we are left with the present, typically English, muddle of lost lorries and late lunch guests.
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