Ravenstone, Leicestershire

Ravenstone, in the West Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is a hybrid name from the common Old Norse male personal name Hrafn combined with Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’. It has been suggested that the first element might be the Old English male personal name Hræfn, but it is unlikely. 

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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Viking Names


hybrid name, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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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.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 85.

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

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