Foston, Derbyshire

Foston, in the Appletree Hundred in Derbyshire, has a difficult naming history. The identification of the name in the Domesday Book, Farvlvestvn, seems to be from the Old Germanic male personal name Farulf with the second element Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’. It is believed that Foston, from the Old Scandinavian male personal name corresponding to the Old Norse name Fótr, was originally a separate settlement site which in the course of time became more important than Farvlvestvn and displaced this name. Alternatively, the name Farulfr was common in Swedish and the first element in the Domesday form of this place-name may well be this Scandinavian name. 

Foston is a joint parish with Scropton.

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Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire III. English Place-Name Society Volume XXIX (1959), p. 560.

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), pp. 190-191.