From Middle English -stow, from Old English -stōw, from Proto-Germanic *stōwō (“place”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂w- (“to set, place”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand”). Akin to Old Norse -stó (“place of”), Old Frisian sto (“place”), Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐍉𐌾𐌰𐌽 (stojan, “to judge, place”). Confer the similar usage in forming toponyms in the cognate Indo-Iranian suffix -stan. See also stow.
- Suffix found in many placenames denoting "place" or "place of"
- place, area; provenance of, office of, jurisdiction of