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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirkburton

Historical Forms

  • Ryflyngdeynebrig 1489 WCR1 1492 MinAcct


Ribbleden, Ryflyngdeynebrig 1489WCR 1, 1492MinAcct 02. The first el. has the same origin as Rivelin (RNs.), and the name itself is the same as that sometimes found for Rivelin Side i, 226supra ; the el. riveling is also found in Tackriveling , Rivelingdale YN 7, Ryuelynghow (Lindrick) pt. v infra , and according to Ekwall (RN 343) it is an appellative for 'a stream' connected with OE  hrife 'fierce', rifelung 'wrinkle', etc. v. denu 'valley'. The modern name owes its form to the name of the better-known R. Ribble; the stream, an affluent of the R. Holme, is also now called Ribble.

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site