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 Allington

Historical Forms

  • Dottery 1811 OS
  • (D)otterey, Ottery or Dottery 1774 Hutch1
  • Otterhay or Dotterhay 1795 Boswell
  • Dawtry Close (in Lother) 1557 ADVI
  • Dottery Close 1845 TA('LodersWestEnd')


Dottery (SY 456953), Dottery 1811 OS, (D )otterey , Ottery or Dottery 1774 Hutch1, Otterhay or Dotterhay 1795 Boswell, recorded earlier in the f.n. Dawtry Close (in Lother )1557 AD VI, later Dottery Close 1845TA ('Loders West End'), and giving name to Dottery Fm (6″) in Netherbury par. supra , Dottery Hill & Dottery Md 1839TA in the same par., and Dottery Rd (6″) in this par., cf. highway leading from Athlington towards Dotters Chappell 1653ParlSurv . The 16th-cent. spelling points to the surname Dawtry (de Hauterive ) v. Reaney-Wilson 128, perhaps later interpreted as a surname D'Ottery (cf. Roger de Oteri 13 (15) Forde (Broadwindsor)) from Ottery PN D186.