Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 14

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Meaning: Loch Aulaig - OSNB p 53

The male ON personal name Áleifr or Óláfr, with ON vík ‘bay’ > *Amhlabhaig > Amhlaig (Cox 1991, 485, quoted in Kruse 2005, 160)
'The Norse Macaulays (Mac Amhlaidh) had several strongholds on [Coll], their main dwelling place being a crannog in Loch Amhlaidh.' (MacLean-Bristol 1995, 34) Olavika is a common place-name in Norway (NG); there are four names in Ólaf- among Icelandic farm names, for example Ólafsey (SAM).

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: OS OSNB p 53