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 Bishop's Nympton

Historical Forms

  • Thordeston 1281 Ass
  • Over Throwston 1615 Deed
  • Threwstone 1703 Recov


Possibly 'Thorward 's farm,' with later shifting of stress. The name is Anglo-Scandinavian. Cf. Drewston infra 424.