Old Norse Ragnhildr (f.)

The female name Ragnhildr is very common throughout the Scandinavian world, including several parts of Britain and Ireland, up to modern times. There is a suggestion that it was restricted to royalty and aristocrats in the Viking Age and then spread to other social groups. It may be the first element of the Lincolnshire place-name Raventhorpe, although in fact the earliest forms suggest the male name Ragnaldr, and more recent publications prefer this interpretation.

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female_name, Lincolnshire, personal-name

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This object is related to Raventhorpe, Lincolnshire.
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Carole Hough, ‘Women in English place-names’, in ‘Lastworda Betst’. Essays in memory of Christine E. Fell with her unpublished writings, ed. Carole Hough and Kathryn A. Lowe. Donington: Shaun Tyas (2002), pp. 41-106.

Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire VI. English Place-Name Society Volume LXXVII (2001), p. 75.

John Insley, Scandinavian Personal Names in Norfolk. Uppsala: Acta Academiae Regiae Gustavi Adolphi, LXII (1994), pp. 318-319.

Gillian Fellows Jensen. Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1968), pp. 213-215.

E. H. Lind. Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel (1915), col. 842-844.