From Old English attested as Drægtune, Draigtun or Draituna from dræg- + tūn, meaning an enclosure or town where logs are dragged. The first element from draġan (“to draw”), from Proto-Germanic *draganą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ- (“draw, pull, drag”), the second element from Proto-Germanic *tūną (“enclosure”), from Gaulish dunum, from Proto-Celtic *dūnom, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰuHnom (“enclosure”), from *dheuh₂, *dhuh₂, *dʰewh₂- (“to finish, come full circle”). See dray (“a drawn cart, sledge or sled”).
- A surname.
- Any of several places in England, with more in other countries named after the English ones
From Brythonic *Dray (cognate with Welsh tref (“town”)) + Old English tūn (“town, enclosure”). First element from Proto-Celtic *trebā (“settlement”) (compare Old Irish treb (“farm, holding”)), from Proto-Indo-European *treb- (“settlement”) (compare Old English þorp (“village”), Lithuanian troba (“house”)), the second element, ultimately also of Celtic origin, is detailed above.