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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Cleator

Historical Forms

  • Suntun c.1205 CW(OS)i
  • Sunton' 1278 Ass 1291 CW(OS)i
  • in Cleterge 1518–29 ECP


The name survives in Sunton Sike (supra 28) and in the fields Far and Near Sumpton, and possibly contains the OE  word sunt , 'swamp,' which occurs in Sunt and Sompting (PN Sx 191, 201).