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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of North Cave

Historical Forms

  • Drouueton(e) 1086 DB
  • Drowetona 1100 YCh1894
  • Drounton 1167 P
  • Droutun, Drouton 1166 P 1195 Ch 1335 Ass 1246
  • Dreueton 1204 Ass
  • Dreweton 1280 Ass 1296 Pat 1410 YI
  • Dreuton(a) early13th YD 1200 Cur 1206 FF 1401 YI
  • Drewton 1466 NCWills 1828 Langd
  • Druton c.1580 YD


The first element is possibly an OE  pers. name Drōwa (which Redin notes might actually be Dropa , though in either case the etymology is obscure), or it may be that we have the continental Drogo found in OE (Forssner 60–1).

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement