PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

The female name Sigrith was of Scandinavian origin, formed from the elements sigr ‘victory’ and fríðr ‘loved’. It was clearly used widely in the Danelaw, and a great variety of spellings are found for women of this name in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, though none of them follows the DB spellings in Seg– (Fellows Jensen 1968: 234–5).

One other woman of this name is recorded in PASE, Sigrida 1, using the spelling of the name in the source. She may have in fact been identical with Sigrith 2, and even with Sigrith 3.


Fellows Jensen 1968: Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Akademisk Forlag, 1968)

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book:

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Sigríðr

  Phillimore edition: Sigerid (Ches.), Sigrithr (Yorks.)

  Alecto edition: Sigrith

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Cheshire 9,15 Over Tabley Segrid Sigrith 'of Over Tabley' - Hugh, earl William fitzNigel 0.23 0.18 0.00 - Map
Yorkshire 6N126 Watlass Sigreda Sigrith 'of Watlass' - Alan, count Ribald 3.00 0.80 0.00 - Map
Yorkshire 13E12 Sutton upon Derwent Segrida Sigrith 'of Sutton upon Derwent' - William de Percy - 1.00 1.00 0.20 - Map
Total               4.23 1.98 0.20  

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