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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Polesworth

Historical Forms

  • Wavertune c.1155 Deed
  • Waverton 1242 Pat 1398 IpmR 1459
  • Warton 1343 FF 1387 IpmR 1503 FF
  • Wareton 1403 IpmR
  • Wharton 1549 Pat
  • Warton al. Waverton 1606 FF
  • Wareton al. Waverton 1653 ib


The first element is the lost OE  wæfre , 'swamp or marshy ground,' cf. Brownsover infra 100 and Waverley (PN Sr 174).The second element is tun. There is marshy land to the north and north-east.