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 Waterhead

Historical Forms

  • Lanerton c.1235 Laner
  • in villa de Denton' 1346 GDR
  • Lanreton c.1235,c.1260 Laner
  • Lanarton 1358 Pat
  • Lannerton 1598 Border
  • Leonardton 1686 PR(Laner)


The first element possibly corresponds to Welsh  llanerch , 'grove' (as in Lanercost), later perhaps understood as laner , 'falcon.' The second is tūn .