Love it ...there is just too much to study in the world......and i know nothing about England....i leave it to you guys.
In recent years the place-name elements 'toot' and 'tut' have been looked at by a number of investigators. The general consensus is that it denotes a 'a hill of observation', a look-out place. The word derives from the Old English totian, 'to peep, look out, spy', or Middle English toten, 'to project, stick out'. But 'to tote' in Middle English is 'to watch, to look out'. The word has also evolved into modern English 'tout', which (until recently, at least) meant a spy or lookout man.
Wyckliffe, in his translation of the Bible, applies the word 'tot' to the reference to Mount Zion in Samuel ii 7-9 and in Isaiah xxi b, 'Up on the toothil of the Lord I am stondethe . . .', which the King James version renders 'watchtower'.
It would seem that at least some of these toot hills were articifical mounds, perhaps surmounted by watch towers. This links to a whole group of Germanic words which can be traced back to the Old High German word tutta or tuta, meaning 'nipple'. In Old Norse tuta extends its meaning to 'a teat-like prominence'. Medieval Dutch tote means 'apex, point' (giving the modern Dutch tuit, 'spout or nozzle'). Likewise, modern German tute means a 'cone-shaped container' (although the sense has widened in recent years to include the ubiquitous carrier bags!). http://www.indigogroup.co.uk/edge/Toothill.htm
Tot Hill, Westminster
Arguably the most auspicious toot hill is the one at Westminster, London. Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are the most-recent of a succession of palaces and churches which date back to the post-Roman period. Indeed, the first church here, dating to the seventh century, may have taken advantage of the copious remains of Roman buildings. The locality was known for many centuries as Thorney Island, being an area of relatively solid ground amid the marshes bordering the Thames. Additionally, there was an artifical mound, known as Tot Hill.
Tot Hill still stood in Queen Elizabth I's time, as Nordon, the topographer of Westminster, wrote 'Tootehill Street, lying in the west part of the city, takes the name of a hill near it which is called Toote Hill, in the great field near the street.' Toot Hill is indeed shown on a 1746 map by Rocques by a bend in Horseferry Road roughley where Regency Palace now stands (TQ 298795). The name survived in Tothill Fields, the old tournament ground now part of of the playing field for Westminster School in Vincent Square, and Tothill Street, which aligns with the northern transcept of Westminster Abbey. Alfred Watkins discovered and described a pair of leys, one running down the middle of Tothill Street, although his claims that the two alignments crossed at Tot Hill does not match Rocques' map, although there is no certainty that his cartography was reliable.
Jeff Saward has recorded that there was a maze on Tot Hill, which was recorded as restored in 1672 and traditionally a site for various games of skill and agility, and a so-called Troy Game (played every Sunday in Lent by knights on horseback) may be first recorded in the sixth century.
However i would just like to add that the original island formed by the Seine river where the Sacred sanctuary on the Lendit plain stood ....was called Tutela.
oh...and if you read through the whole article...i think the word that comes to mind should should be Tits...Duds & Paps...all relevant and all meaning the same thing north of the Border.