Finglesham comes from the Saxon 'ham', meaning a 'village, homestead', together with
the first element ‘thengel’, which is ‘prince’; therefore, ‘village of the prince’,
bearing in mind the proximity to Eastry, the capital of Saxon Kent. The first recording
is in 832AD as Thenglesham. By the time of the Domesday Book, it appears as Flengvessam.