Snibston, Leicestershire

Snibston, in the West Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, is a hybrid place-name formed from the Old Norse male personal name Snípr, a byname related to Norwegian snipa ‘a miser, an unsociable person’ and Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’. 

Snibston became a joint parish with Ravenstone in 1884 when Ravenstone moved from Derbyshire to Leicestershire.

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Viking Names


byname, 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. 181-182.

Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 95.

Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), p. 194.

E. H. Lind, Norsk-isländska personbinamn från medeltiden. Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri (1920-1921), p. 346.