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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirkby Moorside

Historical Forms

  • Swenekelis 1282 YI


This name is probably identical with the Norw place-name Svinekle , which Rygh suggests is from ON  svín and ONorw  ekla 'want' (NG i. 47). Hence, 'place where pigs are lacking.'