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.

Burton, Burton Manor

Major Settlement in the Parish of Burton

Historical Forms

  • Burton 1152 MRA 1238 Orm2 1278 ChFor
  • Burton in Wir(e)hale c.1234 MRA
  • Borton c.1240 Sheaf317 1293 Tax 17 Pap 1291 1349
  • Borton in Wirral 1566 Sheaf
  • Bertone 1310 Pap
  • Bourton 1363 Pap
  • Bwerton 1592 JRC
  • Barton 1646 Sheaf


'Farm or enclosure at a fortification', from burh-tūn, byrh-tūn, with hall, maner ; named from the earthworks at Burton Point infra .Burton in Wirral was a prebendal church of Lichfield Cathedral, until c.1234 when the prebend was transferred to Tarvin, MRA 718p.343, Orm2 ii555. The bishop of Lichfield held Burton in Eddisbury Hundred 3270. Burtone DB f.263 is entered as Burton in Eddisbury Hundred, but it has been argued that the DB hundred-rubric is wrong, and that the entry refers to Burton in Wirral, v. 3271.