Ings is an old word of Norse origin referring to water meadows and marshes,[1] including those that were part of the Humber flood plain.

The term appears in place names in Yorkshire (such as Hall Ings, Bradford, Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve, Clifton Ings in York, Derwent Ings, Sutton Ings, Acaster South Ings, and Wetherby Ings), as well as in Cumbria,[2] and in Lincolnshire.[3]

"Ings" is one of several hundred words of Old Norse origin to enter the English language in the Danelaw period between the mid-9th and 11th centuries.

See also


  1. ^ "Yorkshire Dialect Words of Old Norse Origin", www.viking.no, I
  2. ^ "Beckmickle Ing", www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
  3. ^ "Far Ings Nature Reserve", www.lincstrust.org.uk

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