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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Chittoe

Historical Forms

  • Chetewe 1167 P 1257 For 1259 1289,1305 Ass
  • Cheteweie 1226 FF
  • Chetwe 1232 Lacock
  • Chetowe 1260 For t.Hy3 Dugdvi
  • Cuttewe 1196 Cur
  • Chitewe 1202 P 1257 For
  • Chytewe 1249,1356 Ass
  • Chitwe t.Ed3 For
  • Chitue 1409 Ass
  • Chitway 1773 AandD
  • Chetuwe 1263 For
  • Cheteye 1297 Pat
  • Chutewe 1310 FF t.Ed3,1375 For 1409 Ct 1419 IpmR
  • Chutuwe 1354 Ct 1390 ADiv
  • Chuteweheye 1375 For
  • Chittewe 1332 SR
  • Chidewe 1374 FF
  • Chittowe t.Eliz WMxxi


Chittoe was within the old Pewsham Forest and is probably a British wood-name, the first element being the word for 'wood, forest,' discussed under Chute supra 12. Ekwall suggests for the second element either the British word for 'yew' corresponding to Welsh  yw , or else an old derivative with the suffix -oviā . The persistent final e in the ME spellings of the name rather favour the latter alternative, as do also the occasional spellings with o or u . But the second element may have been early associated with the cognate English word 'yew.' Professor Salisbury notes that yews are most naturally found on the sides of a steep valley such as that in which Chittoe stands.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name