Scawby, Lincolnshire

Scawby, in the Manley Wapentake of Lincolnshire, likely comes from the Old Norse male personal name and byname Skalli, related to Old Norse skalli ‘a bald head, a bald-headed person’ and bý ‘a farmstead, a village’. Alternatively, skalli could be used to describe a bald hill.

In the neighbouring parish of Broughton the minor names Scalehou and Scallehou were recorded in the twelfth and thirteenth centurythe first element being the same Old Norse personal name with Old Norse haugr ‘mound’. Likely the Skalli of Skal(l)ehou was the same person as Skalli of Scawby.

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


burial mound, byname, Lincolnshire, male_name, place-name

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Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Lincolnshire VI. English Place-Name Society Volume LXXVII (2001), pp. 101-102.

Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 107.