English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Mercaston

Major Settlement in the Parish of Mercaston

Historical Forms

  • Merchenestune 1086 DB
  • Murcan(e)ston(e), Murkan(e)ston(e), Murkaniston(e), -ton(e) c.1141 Tutbury 1252 RadCh 1269 Ass 1292 RadCh 1298 Ipm
  • Murkenistone c.1300 DbCh
  • Murcamston 1243 Fees
  • Mirkeneston 1203 P
  • Murkelistone 1245 FF
  • Murkaliston Ed1 WollCh
  • Mercaniston, Merkaniston 1247,1283 RadCh
  • Markanston 1296 Abbr
  • Murcaston(e), Murkaston(e) 1252 RadCh 1281 Ass 1288,1292 RadCh 1302 FA 1328 Banco 1330 Ass 1391 WollCh
  • Murkestone 1281 Ass
  • Myrkaston(e), Mircaston(e), Mirkaston(e) 1330 Ass 1335 Tutbury 1348 Cor 1390 EveryCh 1392 Pat 1404,1418 WollCh 1675 Ogilby

Etymology

Professor Bruce Dickins suggests that this is 'Merchiaun's farm', v. tūn ; cf. Maughonby (PN Cu 194). The first element is the PrW  pers.n. *Merchiōn (Lat  Marciānus ).