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Loiner is a demonym, describing the citizens of Leeds.

The Rugby League club Leeds Rhinos were previously nicknamed the Loiners [1]


While there are several theories, the actual origin of the term remains uncertain.

The three competing theories are:

  • Loiner could derive from the name Loidis (in use by the eighth century for the district around modern-day Leeds).[2]
  • Another explanation says that in the 19th century there were many yards and closes around Briggate whose back entrances were known as Low Ins or Loins, hence Loiner.
  • A third theory is that, in the area of Briggate, locals referred to numerous nearby streets as 'loins' in the local accent, as a corruption of the word 'lanes'. People who gathered in these loins to gossip were therefore termed Loiners.[3]