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 Brixton

Historical Forms

  • Harestana 1086 DB
  • Harestane 1242 Fees796
  • Hareston 1301 Ipm


As the farm is close by the parish boundary this may be from OE  hārstān , 'grey stone,' 'boundary stone,' but one would have expected ME  horestone , unless the vowel was early shortened. Alternatively the first element may be hara , 'hare,' but the sense of such a compound is obscure.