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.

Great Ayton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Great Ayton

Historical Forms

  • Atun(a) 1086 DB c.1175 Guis 12 Whitby
  • Atona, Atonam 12 1129–35 YCh 1508 Test
  • Atona Magna 1300 Baildon
  • Atona in Cleveland 1279 Ipm
  • Etonam c.1160 Guis
  • Haiton 1202 FF
  • Atton' 1226 FF 1235 Cl 1252 Ass


'Farm by the river' v. a , tun , and cf. Ayton (Pick) 100supra . For [jætn] v. Introduction xxxi. The popular appellation “Canny” probably refers to its pleasant situation, as suggested to us by Sir Alfred Pease.

Places in the same Parish