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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Wykeham

Historical Forms

  • Rostun(e) 1086 DB 1208 Ass
  • Ruston 1167 P 1393,1450 Test
  • Roston(a) c.1190–9 YCh 1226–8 Fees 1408 For
  • Royston 1287 Ipm


Professor Ekwall suggests that this name contains OE  hrōst , 'roof-beam,' but the sense of the compound is obscure. v. tun .

Places in the same Parish