Tooting Bec
[toot-ing bek]
'Tota's place', from an Anglo-Saxon personal name Tota [toh-tuh] or Toti + Old English ing, here a suffix identifying a place. Alternatively, the first element may be related to a supposed Old English word tot [toht], found in Middle English, meaning 'look-out hill'. The second element in Tooting Bec is named after Notre Dame du Bec Abbey [Our Lady of Bec] in Normandy, which was given land in this area after the Norman Conquest. Bec referred to the nearby stream - as in English beck. (It's also Cockney rhyming slang for 'food' - peck.) Tooting also names a railway station, and two London Underground stations, both on the Northern Line: Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway.