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

  • Ioneston 1281 Ass
  • Ionyston 1333 SR
  • Jonestone 1397 FF
  • Johnson 1581 SR 1675 Ogilby


'John 's farm,' v. tun . The p.n. must be of ME origin. Cf. Johnston (Pemb), Villa Johannis 1297 Dugd iv, 503, Jonyston 1406 EpReg. (St Davids).