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.

Betton in Hales

Major Settlement in the Parish of Norton in Hales

Historical Forms

  • Baitune 1086 DB
  • Beitona 1087-94,1127,c.1135,1138,1155,1175-c.1190 SAC
  • Bectona 1121 SAC
  • Beccn' sub Lima 1167-82 SAC
  • Becton 1236-50 SAC
  • Bectone sub Lima c.1242 SAC
  • Becton' subtus Limam 1256 SAC
  • Bekton' subtus Lyme 1271-2 Ass
  • Becton' subtus Lyme 1292-5 Ass
  • Batona c.1190-c.1219 SAC
  • Betton 1255-6 Ass 1352 Pat 1411 SAC 1437 AD
  • Betton subtus Limam 1256 Ch 1332
  • Bettone sub Lima 1276 SAC
  • Betton' 1294 SAC
  • Betton in Hales 1318 Cl
  • Betton' sub Lyme 1334 SR
  • Betton under Lynde 1492 Ipm
  • Betton' alias dict' Betton' subtus Lyne 1540 SBL6
  • Betton under Line 1672 HTR


Apparently another 'beech-tree settlement' from bēce and tūn the same name as Betton Abbots. The DB spelling Baitune and the 12th-cent. Beitona forms from SAC present a serious problem, however; there seems to be no parallel to this development from an OE  *Bēctūn .The objection to bæce 'stream-valley' as first element of Betton-in-Hales is the absence of a significant number of -a - spellings.

Places in the same Parish