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.

Alstonby Hall

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirklinton Middle

Historical Forms

  • Astinebi c.1210 Laner
  • Asteneby 1274 Cl
  • Astaneby 1277 Ipm
  • Astyneby 1279 Ass
  • Astynby, Astinby 1292 Ass 1307 Ipm 1311 Ipm
  • Astenby 1292 Ass 1308 Scotland 1367 Ipm
  • Astanby 1395 Hudleston
  • Austenby 1467 Hudleston


The first element here is clearly the same as the personal name recorded in the grant made to Lanercost c. 1210 by William filius Astini in Astinebi .It probably refers to the same person. Ekwall (DEPN) suggests that we may here have a form of ME  Austin . More probably, as suggested by Sedgefield (5), we have the Anglo-Scandinavian name Asten found as the name of a 9th-century moneyer. The name means 'Asten 's .'For similar late by -names, cf. IPN 91.