English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Distington

Historical Forms

  • Stubscales c.1210 StB 1321,1348 Ipm 1544 MinAcct 1595 FF
  • Stubskailes 1338 Cl
  • Stubscale 1542 MinAcct
  • Stubskill 1743 LowtherW


'Stub shielings,' from stubb and the plural of skáli . The vowel in the second element has been fronted, shortened and raised, thus leading to re-formation, as though from gil . The same change has taken place in Gaitsgill supra 133.