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How Smisby got its name

Smisby was settled in Saxon times, and the name is derived from the Old Norse name of 'Smidesbie', which translates into Smith's Farm. The first part of the name of 'smeth' or, in it's Anglo Saxon form, 'smed' means smiths. The second part comes from the Scandinavian 'by' which is a common final element of Britain's town names and is found all over the former Danelaw. It means farmstead or village. The village was referred to as Smidesbi in the Domesday Book.