Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 114

Name Type: machair

Meaning: Kenavara | The precise location is now lost, but the name refers to a sand dune between the row of houses at The Land and Kenavara.

If the stress pattern is on the second element, this is almost certainly a Gaelic construction. Baca is a very common loan word on machair-rich Tiree, deriving from ON bakki (dative bakka) 'bank of a river, water or chasm' (CV, 50) > ScG baca. It locally means a 'knoll or sand dune'. It is uncommon elsewhere, with Baca Glas, Kilmallie; Baca Ruadh, Skye; and Baca Mòr, Uig (SP).
It is possible that Rò is an ex nomine onomastic unit derived from a simplex OI röð 'bank, ridge, edge' (CV, 507), Rå 'where the farm ... could be said to lie in a corner' (NS). The phonetic development ? > ó would be unusual, however.

An Rògh is a name in Carloway (Cox 2002, 353); Raerinish in Lewis may derive from ON r? 'nook, corner, dividing line' (Oftedal 2009, 43); Hill o' Roe and Hole of Roe are names in Orkney (SP); Rør occurs four times in Norway, while Røra is derived from rør 'edge' (NS); Rå is a common name in Norway (NG); Röðull occurs twice as a farm name in Iceland (SAM). See Ròr.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd