Township: Balephuil

Map Reference: Balephuil 41

Name Type: shore

The folk etymology is that Neòsbag was a nickname, possibly derived from E ‘nosebag’ (David McClounnan, pers. comm.). This, however, is more likely to be a Norse name. The specific is ON njósn ‘spying, scouting, looking out...njósnar-berg ‘look-out hill’ (CV, 456). This may relate to the beacon on Cinnabhara (Kenavara). ‘Varði is rather common in the Northern Isles. It is not just a cairn, but a beacon, which would have been located on tops of hills and seen from a wide area’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.). Njøs(en) occurs three times as a simplex place-name in Norway (NG). The generic is more opaque and may be ON vík ‘inlet’, or ON vágr ‘sheltered bay’, which could even refer to the whole of Balephuil Bay.

Other Forms: Sloc na Neòsaig - DMcK

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 2/1994 and 2/1996

Informant 2: Duncan MacKinnon (twin), Balephuil, 3/1995