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.

Wellington

Major Settlement in the Parish of Wellington

Historical Forms

  • Walitone 1086 DB
  • Walintona 1121 SAC
  • Walyntona 1138 SAC
  • Welintun c.1145 SAC 1455 SBL4441
  • Weledon' 1177 P
  • Welington' 1177 P
  • Welington 1286 Cl c.1540 Leland 1729 PR(L)
  • Welyngton 1322 Pat 1455 SBL4441
  • Weliton' 1192,3,9 P
  • Welyton 1377 Fine
  • Wolinton' 1195etfreqto1214 P
  • Wellinton' 1224 Cur
  • Wellinton 1255 RH
  • Wellynton 1284 Cl 1577 Saxton
  • Wellington 1244 Ch 1535 VE
  • Whelynton 1392 Pat
  • Wyllynton 1535 VE
  • Walington 1553 Pat
  • Wollington 1713 PR(L)
  • Welintone sub monte Gileberti 1232 SAC
  • Welynton' subter le Wrekne 1337-8 ForProc
  • Welyngton under the Wrekyn 1489 Ipm
  • Wellyngton beneath le Wrekyn 1547 Pat

Etymology

There are four Wellingtons, one of the others being in Somerset and the remaining two in Herefordshire. The Somerset example occurs in the forms Weolingtun , Welingtun in a charter of A.D. 904, and there can be no doubt that - or Wĕolingtūn was the OE form. The etymology has not been ascertained.