Scraptoft, Leicestershire

There are two possibilities for the first element of Scraptoft, in the Gartree Hundred of Leicestershire. The first suggestion is that it is the Old Norse male personal name Skrápi (genitive singular Skrápa).

Alternatively, the specific could be the Old Norse element skrap ‘scraps, scrapings’ potentially referring to arid barren soil which may be related to Modern Norwegian skrapmark ‘land thinly covered by grass’. This would be topographically appropriate as the settlement lies on a small area of sand and gravel on top of boulder clay.

The second element of the name is Old Norse toft ‘building plot, homestead, curtilage’.

Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


landscape, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name

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Image © Mat Fascione, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0

Image © Mat Fascione, via Geograph, CC BY-SA 2.0


Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire IV. English Place-Name Society LXXXIV (2009), p. 229.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 90.