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.

Leeton

Early-attested site in the Parish of Prees

Etymology

Leeton (lost). Entries for 1352 and 1356 in Pat refer to “Le(e)ton within the manor of Prees”. This is a third instance of the name discussed (under Leaton) in Part 382 and Part 4 143. It appears to be a compound of lēah with tūn . This example, like Leaton N. of Shrewsbury, is in a heathland setting where woodland would be notable and valuable, so perhaps lēah has the sense 'wood' rather than 'clearing'.