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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Coxwold

Historical Forms

  • Uluestun, Vluestun, Wluestun, Wlueston 1086 DB 1167 P 1440 YD
  • Vlfeston 1176 P
  • Uulveston 1286 For
  • Ulston 1498 Test 1613 NR
  • Owlston 1572 FF
  • Owston 1577 Saxton


'Ulf's farm' v. tun . The first element may be a Scand form of the common OE  pers. name Wulf (cf. Ovington 299infra ) or it may be the ON  cognate Úlfr .