Great Grimsby is in the Bradley Wapentake of Lincolnshire, which was later joined with Haverstoe Wapentake to become known as Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake. The original name Grimsby comes from the Old Norse male personal name Grímr + the Old Norse element by ‘farm, settlement’. It is Great in contrast to Little Grimsby, in the Ludborough Wapentake of Lincolnshire; earlier spellings including mekill Grimesby are derived from Old Norse mikill ‘great’.
The personal name Grímr is common across the Scandinavian world and recorded several times throughout Lincolnshire in the Domesday Book.
For a saga-anecdote about Grimsby, see the blog post A Poet Visits Grimsby.
Old Norse Name
Features in Saga
Orkneyinga saga, ed. Finnbogi Guðmundsson, Íslenzk fornrit, Reykjavík, 1965, p. 130-31.
Orkneyinga saga, tr. Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards, Penguin, 1982, pp. 59-60.
- Viking Names
- male_name, personal-name, place-name
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Image © Gillian Fellows-Jense
Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 54.
Kenneth Cameron with John Field and John Insley, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire V, English Place-Name Society Volume LXXIII (1997), pp. 46-48.
Kenneth Cameron with John Field and John Insley, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire IV, English Place-Name Society Volume LXXI (1995), pp. 22, 47.