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 Edstone

Major Settlement in the Parish of Great Edstone

Historical Forms

  • Micheledestun 1086 DB
  • Edestun 1140,1333 Riev
  • Edeston' 1167 P 13 Malton 1201 YCh 1285 KI
  • Edneston' 1231 Ass
  • Ed(d)iston' 1202 FF 1285 KI
  • Heddestone 1276 YI


Professor Stenton (IPN 171, note 5) discusses a type of OE personal name derived from a single theme and extended by the addition of an -n suffix. Taking the P form Edenston ' (Little E) and the later forms Ed (d )is - it is clear that we have here an OE  personal name Ēaden , an n -derivative of the name- stem Ēad -. Hence 'Eaden's farm.' v. tun .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement