Ravenstone, Leicestershire

Ravenstone, in the West Goscote Hundred in Leicestershire, comes from the common Old Norse male personal name Hrafn combined with  Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’. It is thus a hybrid name. The first element might also be the Old English male personal name Hræfn.

Ravenstone was originally part of the Repton and Gresley Hundred in Derbyshire and was transferred to Leicestershire in 1884 as a joint parish with Snibstone.


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Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire III. English Place-Name Society Volume XXIX (1959), p. 652.

Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire. Part Seven: West Goscote Hundred and the Leicestershire Parishes of the Repton and Gresley Hundred. English Place-Name Society Volume LVIII (2016), pp. 179-180.

Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), p. 193.