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.

Bishop Wilton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Bishop Wilton

Historical Forms

  • Widton, Wiltone 1086 DB
  • Waletona (sic) 1141–4 YCh358
  • Wilton(a), Wylton(a) 1125–35 YCh357 1194,1195 P 1356 FF
  • Bis(s)hop Wylton(a) 1328 FF 1397 YD 1511 FF
  • Bus(s)hop Wylton(a) 1508,1530 Test
  • Willeton 1203–4 Ass


Probably 'wild, uncultivated enclosure or farmstead,' from OE  wild and tun. Cf. Wilton (PN NRY 90) and Wildbridge (PN Sx 145). For many centuries from the time of Edward the Confessor and Archbishop Ealdred this was a possession of the Archbishops of York (DB, KI, etc.).

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement