Major Settlement in the Parish of Middleton
- Croptun(e) 1086 DB 1167 P
- Cropton(a) c.1200 For
- Cropetun c.1260 Malton
- Croppeton 1260 Ch
Cropton is near the summit of a hill, and probably the meaning of the name is 'hill-top farm.' The earliest spellings of the name do not suggest any connexion with Cropthorne (Wo), which contains the OE pers. name *Croppa , found also- in OE Croppanhulle BCS 112 now Crapnell (Ha). We should rather compare it with Crofton in Orpington (K), OE Croptunes gemæro KCD iii. 465, which stands on a well-marked hill, and Cropwell (Nt), Crophille 1086 DB. v. tun .