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.

Middleton Cheney

Major Settlement in the Parish of Middleton Cheney

Historical Forms

  • Mideltone 1086 DB
  • Middelton 12th Survey
  • Mid(d)elinton 1215,1216 ClR
  • Middelton Curcy 1224 ClR
  • Chirchemiddleton 1328 Orig 1330 QW
  • Middelton juxta Chaucombe 1330 Ass
  • Middelton Cheyndut 1342 Cl
  • Middelton Cheynduit 1343 Ipm
  • Middleton Cheynie 1558 ADv


'Middle farm,' v. tun . Possibly so named because midway between Purston (Nth) and Wardington (Wa). Simon de Chendut held the manor in the 12th Century Survey. John de Curd held a part in 1205 (ClR). Distinction is also made (Bridges i, 184) between Upper or Church Middleton and Nether Middleton (Nethere middelton 1287Ass ) a hamlet a quarter of a mile to the east.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site