Frisby on the Wreake

Frisby on the Wreake, Leicestershire

Frisby on the Wreake, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, takes its name from a Scandinavian form of an ethnonym Frisa (gen. pl.) ‘Frisians’ and the Old Norse element by ‘farmstead, village’. The affix ‘on the Wreake’ was added at a later date to distinguish this Frisby from another in the Gartree Hundred of Leicestershire and refers to the site’s  location on the river, adjacent to Kirby Bellars.

Traditionally, the place-name has been interpreted as referring to Frisians who took part in the Viking invasions. However, the exact implications of such a name are not yet fully understood and are the subject of ongoing work by Dr Jayne Carroll of the Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham.

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Viking Names


ethnonym, Frisian, Leicestershire, place-name

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Jayne Carroll, forthcoming.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire. Part Three: East Goscote Hundred. English Place-Name Society Volume LXXXI (2004), p.80.

Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), p. 46.