Monday, 29 November 2010

what's in a name?

The surname Weston is said to derive from the west town (west tun) (http://www.localhistories.org/surnames.html) in much the same way that the surnames Sutton, Middleton, Norton, and Easton are presumably derived.
It’s a nice coincidence then that the similar looking Anglo-Saxon word ‘w├Žstm’ (fruit or fruitful) should crop up as my favourite brand of cider.
Much Marcle, the village that is home to Westons, is clearly a wes tuun