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.

Ditsworthy Warren

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sheepstor

Historical Forms

  • Durkesworth(y) 1474 Ct
  • Durkysworthi 1481 Ct


The identification is not certain, but is highly probable. If correct, the first element is perhaps the OE  deorc , ME  durke , 'dark,' etc., used as a ME pers. name. Cf. John Durke 1333SR (Devon), Druxton supra 172, and Dassells Green (Herts), Derkeshale n.d. AD iv, 1287Ass , 1307SR (p).