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.

Petton

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Pectone 1086 DB
  • Pecton' 1306-7 Ass
  • Peton' 1230 Cur 1259 Cl
  • Peton 1300 Pat
  • Petone 1307,17 Pat
  • Petton' 1255 RH

Etymology

'Peak settlement ', v. pēac , tūn . The site is much more striking than appears from maps. The church and the motte stand on a conical hill which commands wide views all round, and the name would be a perfect description for a settlement either on or beside this hill.