‘Meadow by the Bright Stream or River’
The name of Haughton-le-Skerne could be translated as the ‘meadow by the bright stream or river’. Haugh means riverside meadow and is a common feature in Northumberland and Durham Place Names. Ton means a farmstead and is common through ought England and like haugh is a word of Anglo Saxon origin. Later the Norman Aristocracy added the French ‘le’ to distinguish the numerous Haughtons, Houghtons and Hettons from each other and help them identify the places which they ruled. Haughton is identified by the nearby River Skerne, which adds a Viking element to this particular place name. Skerne derives from the Old Norse, Skirr meaning bright and clear.