Township: Balephuil

Map Reference: Balephuil 41

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Balephuil | A coastal gully below Am Bail' Ùr, not far west of the Iron Age fort Dún nan Nighean

The folk etymology is that Neòsbag was a byname, possibly derived from E 'nosebag' (David McClounnan, pers. comm.). This, however, is more likely to be a Norse name in ON vík 'inlet'. Given its position beside a fortification, the specific could be ON njósn 'spying, scouting, looking out ... njósnar-berg look-out hill' (CV, 456).
Njøs(en) occurs three times as a simplex place-name in Norway (NG).

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