Snibstone, Leicestershire

Snibstone, in the West Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, comes from the Old Norse male personal name Snípr, a by-name related to Norwegian snipa ‘a miser, an unsociable person’. The second element is Old English tun ‘farm, settlement’, so it is a hybrid name.

Snibstone became a joint parish with Ravenstone when Ravenstone moved from Derbyshire to Leicestershire in 1884. Currently, the village lies in the Coalville civil parish.

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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.

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: Almquvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri (1920-1921), p. 346.