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.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Sneinton

Historical Forms

  • Notintone 1086 DB
  • Notington 1263 FF
  • Snotinton(e) 1165 P t.Hy2 RBE 1197 P
  • Snottinton 1174 ib
  • Snodinton' 1216 ClR
  • Sneinton 1194 P
  • Sneynton 1242 Fees 1252 FF 1276 RH 1299 Pat 1334 Ipm
  • Snoiton 1208 P
  • Snointun 1217 ClR
  • Snointon 1233 Cl
  • Snainton 1227 ClR 1230 P
  • Snaynton 1280,1393 Ass 1335 For
  • Snaynton Wodde 1486 BorRec
  • Snenton 1242 Fees 1611 FF
  • Sneington 1254 FF 1330 Ass
  • Sneyngton ib.


In 1286 Abbr (p. 209) there is an interesting statement that the Jury said that “villa de Sneynton nunquam vocabatur Notington sed semper Sneynton et quod Notington fuit pars ville de Notingham. ” The name, however, clearly contains the same personal name as Nottingham and it is interesting to note that the initial consonant had temporarily disappeared through Norman influence in 1086, though still retained in Nottingham at that date, v. supra 13–14. The later development of the place- name is on the same lines as that of Bainton (Nth, O), cf. PN Nth 229 and Dainton (PN D 513), though the loss of medial d there is of later date. The development of alternative forms Snointon and Sneinton and the ultimate prevalence of the latter have not been explained.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site