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Survey of English Place-Names

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Duns Tew

Major Settlement in the Parish of Duns Tew

Historical Forms

  • Teowe, Tewa(m), Tvvam 1086 DB
  • Tiwe 1192 P 1204 Cur
  • Tiwa 1193 P 1204 Cur 1215 Cl
  • Tywe 1208 Fine
  • Donestiua c.1210 Os
  • Dunnestywa c.1233 Os 1294–5 AD
  • Dunestyue 1242 P
  • Bonestywe 1278–9 RH
  • Dunes Tywe 1287 Cl
  • Dunnesthiwe 1220 Fees
  • Dunestyuwe 1242 P
  • Dunstiwe 1242–3 Fees 1273–4 RH
  • Dunstywe 1246–7,1268,85 Ass
  • Domstywe 1284–5 FA
  • Donstiwe 1349 Ipm
  • Dunstywa 1389 Os
  • Dunstighel 1285 Ass
  • Dunstowe 1285 Ass 1316 FA
  • Dounestowe 1327 Cl
  • Dunsto 1675 Ogilby
  • Dunestwye 1321 AD
  • Dunstuwe (bis), Dunstue 1327 Ch
  • Dunsteue 1346 FA
  • Dunstew(e) 1428 FA
  • Donstew 1461–2 BM

Etymology

Cf. Ekwall (DEPN): “The name seems to be cognate with the el. -tǣwe , -tīewe , -tēowe found in æltǣwe 'in good health, excellent,' manigtīewe 'skilful.' This el. appears to be related to OE  teohh 'race, generation, troop,' MHG  zeche 'row, order.' The meaning of the OE  word (? tīewe ) may have been 'row,' whence 'lengthy object.'Tew may then have been the name of the long ridge at which the places are.” The prefix to Duns Tew is the personal name Dunn .