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From Old English āc (oak) + tūn (farm, town, homestead); compare the doublet Aughton.


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  • (UK) IPA(key): /æktən/

Proper noun[edit]

Acton (countable and uncountable, plural Actons)

  1. (uncountable) Any of a few places in England:
    1. A village and civil parish in Cheshire East, Cheshire (OS grid ref SJ6353).
    2. A hamlet in Langton Matravers parish, Purbeck district, Dorset (OS grid ref SY9878).
    3. A town and suburb in the borough of Ealing, Greater London (OS grid ref TQ2080).
    4. A hamlet in Northumberland (OS grid ref NY8351).
    5. A village in Lydbury North parish, Shropshire (OS grid ref SO3184).
    6. A hamlet in Whitmore parish, Newcastle-under-Lyme borough, Staffordshire (OS grid ref SJ8241).
    7. A village and civil parish in Babergh district, Suffolk (OS grid ref TL8944).
  2. (uncountable) Any of a few places in the United States:
    1. An unincorporated community in Shelby County, Alabama.
    2. A census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California.
    3. A ghost town in Polk County, Florida.
    4. An unincorporated community in Harris County, Georgia, United States.
    5. An unincorporated community in Taylor County, Kentucky, United States.
    6. A town in York County, Maine.
    7. A town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
    8. An unincorporated community in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States.
    9. An unincorporated community in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States.
    10. An unincorporated community in Salem County, New Jersey, United States.
    11. An unincorporated community in McNairy County, Tennessee, United States.
    12. An unincorporated community in Hood County, Texas, United States.
  3. (countable) A habitational surname from Old English.

Derived terms[edit]


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Acton is the 6874th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 4892 individuals. Acton is most common among White (91.86%) individuals.

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  • IPA(key): /ak.tɔ̃/
  • Hyphenation: Ac‧ton
  • Rhymes: -ɔ̃

Proper noun[edit]

Acton m

  1. A regional county municipality of Montérégie, Quebec, Canada.