Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 45

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Low Hunaisgeir headland

The specific is probably a male ON personal name such as H?gni. Sandnes writes: 'Hunn and hund are rather common elements in coastal names in Norway. They are sometimes interpreted as indicating a good catch (see Hunn NSL: 227), sometimes as warning names, indicating shoals and skerries (Hundhammeren). Whatever the original etymology, the element may have been perceived as hund ‘dog’ by the users.' (Sandnes 2010a, 21) However, the long initial vowel of Hùnasgeir makes this derivation very unlikely, whereas the phonetic development of ? > [u?] is attested on Tiree (see section 17.4.2.10).
Topographically, the generic is most likely to be ON sker ‘skerry’. ON gerði ‘fence, field’ is possible phonologically following the genitive morpheme /s/, but an enclosure or farm name is unlikely on this wild headland. See Hùinisdeir.

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: unrecorded