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 Spratton

Historical Forms

  • Spreton(e) 1086 DB c.1220 ADii
  • Spretton 1235 Fees
  • Sprotone 1086 DB
  • Sprotton 12th Survey 1484 ADiv
  • Sprotun 1205 FF
  • Sprottun 1222 ClR
  • Sportton' 1235 Fees
  • Spratton 1613 FF


This would seem to be a compound of OE  sprēot , 'pole' and tun, hence 'pole-farm,' but the reason for the name it is now impossible to determine. The only other compound of sprēot that has been noted is spreot mere in BCS 938, a Hampshire charter, sprēot is used specially of a punting-pole, so that a compound with mere is a probable one.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site