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.

Moston

Major Settlement in the Parish of Stanton upon Hine Heath

Historical Forms

  • Mostune 1086 DB
  • Mosseton 1520 AD

Etymology

'Moss settlement'; the wood to the E. of the hamlet is called Top Moss. This name is on the southern edge of the area in which mos (which means 'moss' the plant as well as 'bog') is regularly used for boggy areas. There are a few instances in southern England, and one Sa example, Mose in Quatford, is further south than Moston, but mos is only common in counties N. of Shropshire.The compound with tūn recurs in Ch and La.