English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Eaton Bray

Major Settlement in the Parish of Eaton Bray

Historical Forms

  • Eiton(a) 1086 DB 1130 P 1286 Dunst
  • Eitun 1156 P
  • Æiton 1159 P
  • Etton 1164 P
  • Ehton 1166 P
  • Eyton 1220 LS 1240 Ass 1247 Ass 1491
  • Eton 1241 Cl 1330 Ipm 1338 Cl 1490 Ipm


'River-farm' (v. eg ). Eaton Bray is a district with numerous small streams and eg must be used in the wider sense of land well watered rather than of an actual island, as is fairly common in place-names. The feudal addition belongs to the 15th cent. when (in 1490) the manor was granted to Sir Reginald Bray (cf. VCH iii. 371).

Places in the same Parish