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 Teeton

Historical Forms

  • Teche 1086 DB
  • Theche c.1160 NRSiv
  • Teacne 1195 P
  • Cheta 12th Survey
  • Tecnat t.earlyHy3 BM
  • Tekne 1220 Fees 1326 ADi
  • Teghne 13th ADii
  • Thekene 1221 Bracton
  • Tekene 1227 Ass 1386 Cl
  • Tekyn 1414 ADi
  • Teken 1467 ADv
  • Tokene 1275 RH
  • Tetene 1316 FA
  • Tikene 1346 FA
  • Teton 1551 FF
  • Tecon al. Teton 1647 Recov


Teeton is a difficult name. From the point of view of form it is to be noted that the second consonant was originally clearly a c rather than a t , the present form being due to common confusion of t and k , and the influence of the neighbouring Creaton.Topographically, it is to be noted that it stands high, with the ground falling sharply away on three sides. Form and topography alike make association with OE  tācn , 'token, sign, signal,' virtually certain, the name perhaps being given from some prominent landmark here. This is a district in which Scandinavian influence is fairly prominent, and OE  tācn may have been Scandinavianised to tekn , under the influence of OSc and teikn .The process would have been assisted by the fact that derivatives of OE  tācen , like tǣcnan , 'to show,' (earfoð -)tǣcne , 'difficult to be shown,' have an ǣ vowel in OE itself. Professor Ekwall would prefer to take it as coming from a lost OE  tǣcne (sb.), 'beacon.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site