It is named after Bec Abbey in Normandy, which was given land in the area after the Norman Conquest. Saint Anselm, the second Abbot of Bec, is reputed to have been a visitor to Tooting Bec before he succeeded Lanfranc as Archbishop of Canterbury. Saint Anselm also gives his name to the Roman Catholic church at the corner of Balham High Road and Tooting Bec Road. A relief sculpture of Saint Anselm visiting the Totinges tribe (from which Tooting gets its name) is on the exterior of Wandsworth Town Hall.
Tooting Bec appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as "Totinges". It was held partly by St Mary de Bec-Hellouin Abbey and partly by Westminster Abbey. Its domesday assets were: 5 hides. It had 5½ ploughs, 13 acres (5.3 ha). It rendered £7.
The area includes Tooting Commons, and Tooting Bec Lido, one of the oldest open-air fresh water swimming pools in Britain, first opened to the public in 1906, and also the largest freshwater swimming pool by surface area in the United Kingdom, being 100 yards (91.44 m) long and 33 yards (30.18 m) wide.
Tooting Bec Golf Club was founded in 1888. The club disappeared in the late 1920s.
Nearest tube station
- Tooting Bec FC 
- Surrey Domesday Book Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- The Guardian: Making a splash - A celebration of swimming pool architecture
- South London Swimming Club
- Wandsworth Council
- "Tooting Bec Golf Club, London", "Golf’s Missing Links".
- Tooting Bec FC (29 November 2012). "Tooting Bec FC". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 14 May 2016.