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 Bishopsteignton


The forms vary too much for any certain etymology to be possible. Professor Ekwall suggests that the first element may be OE  scīrgerēfa , 'sheriff,' cf. Shrewton (W) which is a compound of this word and appears as Sherretone in 1310.