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 Throwleigh

Historical Forms

  • Wnston 1238 Ass
  • Woneston 1244,1254 Ass
  • Wonstone 1333 SR
  • atte Wonston 1374 SR


The last form shows that the first element must be a descriptive epithet and not a pers. name. Possibly the name goes back to OE  æt (ga )n stāne , 'at the crooked stone,' cf. Windbow supra 420, and Langstone close at hand.

Places in the same Parish