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.

Stapleton

Major Settlement in the Parish of Stapleton

Historical Forms

  • Stepeltone 1166 RBE 1399 Cl
  • Stepleton 1274 Ipm 1321 AD 1584 PR(L) 1785 et freq
  • Stepulton 1321 AD 1385 Pat 1431 FA 1535 VE 1569 SBL6621 1591 PR(L)
  • Stepulton' 1334 SR
  • Stepylton 1492 Ipm 1730 PR(H)
  • Stapelton 1203-4 Ass
  • Stapelton' 1208-9 ForProc
  • Stapleton' 1204 Cur
  • Stapleton 1577 Saxton
  • Stipelton' 1208-9 ForProc
  • Stepeleston' 1261-2 ForProc
  • Stepulston' (p), Stepelston' 1274 RH
  • Stupelton', Stupeltune 1271-2 ForProc
  • Steppelton 1346 Fine
  • Steppleton 1638 PR(L) 1664 PR(L) 1697 SBL9960 1716 PR(H)
  • Stappleton 1674 PR(L)

Etymology

Probably 'settlement at a steep place'; OE  stēpel, modern steeple , is thought to have this meaning in place-names. Some of the spellings suggest derivation from stȳpel , which is considered to be the West Saxon form. It is curious that Staple- prevailed, although Step - is much commoner. The -pp - spellings indicate variants with short vowels.