From Old English medestan, meddestane from earlier mægdan stane (“the maidens' stone, the people's stone”). Ultimately from Old English mægden + stan or mægð + stan which are equivalent to maid(en) + stone. Compare Folkestone and Chiddingstone.
- A town in and the county town of Kent, England; located on the River Medway.
- A local government district with borough status of Kent, formed in 1974, with its headquarters in the county town.