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.

West Littleton

Major Settlement in the Parish of West Littleton

Historical Forms

  • Litlinton 1221 Ass
  • Lutlinton', Lutlyn(g)ton' 1308 Ipm 1322 MinAcct 1376 Ipm
  • Lit(t)leton' 1221 Ass 1340 FF 1687 PR
  • West Lit(t)leton' 1707 ib
  • Litaltune 1327 MinAcct
  • Westlytelton 1458 FF
  • Lut(t)leton(e) 1314,1332 Ipm 1327 SR
  • Lutteltone 1332 Ipm
  • Lutileton 1346 FF

Etymology

'Little farmstead', v. lȳtel (wk.obl. lȳtlan ), tūn . At the time of the DB inquest it appears to have been included in Tormarton and was doubtless 'little' in relation to the latter. 'West' in relation to Littleton Drew in Wiltshire (W 76).