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.

Water Eaton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Gosford and Water Eaton

Historical Forms

  • Eatun 864,904(both11th) BCS509,607
  • Eaton' c.1130–40 Frid c.1425 Frid 1376 c.1425
  • Watereaton' c.1220–30,1227–8(bothc.1425) Frid
  • Etone 1086 DB 1376 Frid c.1425
  • Ettonam 1129–33 OxonCh
  • Etthon' c.1135 OxonCh
  • Ettona 1154–68 Os
  • Water Eton' 1227 Frid c.1425 Os 1509–10
  • Watertone 1285 Ass
  • Eton Aquarum 1509–10 Os
  • Hetune 1157–8 Frid c.1320
  • Ætona c.1160 OxonCh
  • Eutun Roberti 1220 Fees

Etymology

OE  ēa-tūn, 'tūnby a river,' to which 'water' has been prefixed to distinguish it from Woodeaton 194–5.