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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Stainburn

Historical Forms

  • Steinburn c.1135 Lowther c.1180 StB
  • Steainburna t.Rici Ch 1308
  • Steynburn' 1279 Ass
  • Staynburn c.1220 StB
  • Stainburn 1227 ib
  • Staynborn c.1265 Hesley
  • Stayneburne iuxta Wirkington' early14th StMaryY
  • Stanburn' 1279 Ass
  • Stanburne 1535 VE
  • Staneburn 1279 FF


The original form of this name was probably OE  stān-burna, 'stony stream.' The first element has generally been scandinavianised to steinn, as in the modern form.