Like the other Toller villages of Toller Fratrum and Toller Whelme, the name was taken from the river, which is now known as the Hooke. The addition Porcorum means of the pigs in Latin; the village was in the past sometimes known as Swines Toller, but more often as Great Toller.
The village pub, The Old Swan, was closed by the brewery some years ago and has not re-opened. Attempts by the brewery to obtain planning permission to demolish the pub and erect housing have been rejected by the local council. Requests by a local cooperative to re-open the pub have been turned down by the brewery.