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 Northallerton

Historical Forms

  • Dictune, Dicton 1086 DB 1088 LVD50d 1285 KI
  • Dichton 1198 Guis 1231 FF
  • Dighton, Dyghton 1316 Vill 1536 YChant


'Farm surrounded by a ditch' v. dic , tun . A large moat is marked on the map by the side of the village; probably this is the dic . The name is of common appearance (e.g. Deighton YER, Nf, YWR), and is found as OE  Dictun (KCD, index). The development of -ct - in this name is similar to that in Broughton (passim ): OE c became χ before t and [iχ ] then followed the normal development of OE  ih , as in dialect leet from OE  liht . Cf. Dinsdale 279infra .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site