The Meaning Of Snape (but not Prof. Severinus Snape I'm afraid)

We've now had a number of visitors asking what Snape might mean. Hopefully this helps...

A (Belgian) visitor to the site enquired on the origins of the name Snape. This information from one of our villagers is our answer:

I submit for the information of Vicky the following extract from the booklet published by the late Ruth Irving before WW II and amended in 1948, titled " Snape The Short History of a Suffolk Village". The booklet is available on loan from Suffolk Libraries. "To the left a silver streak of river pierced the mist as far as eye could see and I was sure that the silver streak would help me to learn the reason of Snape; why there was such a place and why it had continued for so long. This little straggling village, among the marshes and fields, must have had a beginning, so I thought I would try to find it; and this is what I found: Snape, Snapes, Snapys-are three different ways of spelling the word which, in the Anglo-Saxon language, meant bog or marsh or, according to Ernest Weekley, Winter Pasture. It is chiefly a scatterment of cottages and small farms lying along the marshy river bed and, beside the lanes leading inland." Reference to Dr. Ernest Weekley, a renowned linguist and etymologist (1865-1954) can be found on a number of internet sites, including

I hope this is of help/interest

Village Recorder

Note from the WebWeaver:

I do not think JKRowling ever came here or even knew of us. WebWeaver@SnapeVillage