- Placename suffix = homestead. In early examples, the probable meaning = estate, as in numerous instances of Kingston = king's estate. Increasing use of -ton after c.900 has been taken to indicate the rise of compact estates in the hands of *thegns, e.g. Wigston in Sussex = Wigstan's homestead, also Alston, Derbyshire, = Alwine's. From tun we have 'town'. [< OldEngl. tun = fence, hence enclosure round a house, hence homestead, village, town] -Cf. -by
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.