Skirbeck, Lincolnshire

Skirbeck, in the Skirbeck Wapentake of Lincolnshire, is a Scandinavian compound from Old Norse skírr ‘bright‘ and Old Norse bekkr ‘a stream, a beck’. These elements may have been replaced an Old English name formed from the elements scīr and bece.

The stream is now dry, but in the nineteenth century it was asserted that the stream could be traced with little difficulty.


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Viking Names


Lincolnshire, place-name, river, water

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Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 111.