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.

Thornton Dale

Major Settlement in the Parish of Thornton Dale

Historical Forms

  • Torentun(e), Torentona 1086 DB
  • Thornetun, Thorneton 1157–8 YCh
  • Thorneton in vallem de Pykerynge 1248 Whitby


With the same run of forms and meaning as Thornton Bridge 24supra . The suffix Dale refers to the valley in which the village stands.