Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 14

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Meaning: Loch Aulaig - OSNB p 53

The fact that there is just one documentary source again forces us to be cautious. This is likely to be a name in ON vík ‘bay’. The specific may be the male Early Gaelic personal name Amlaíb, derived in turn from the ON Áleifr (see Cleit Amhlaigh in Cox 2002, 210) or Ólafr.
'The Norse Macaulays (Mac Amhlaidh) had several strongholds on [Coll], their main dwelling place being a crannog in Loch Amhlaidh' (MacLean-Bristol 1995, 34). There is an Olavsviga in Norway (NG); Ólav- occurs as the specific six times in the Faroe Islands, as in Ólavstangi (KO); and Ólaf- occurs four times as a farm name in Iceland, as in Ólafsey (SAM).

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: OS OSNB p 53