Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 71

Name Type: sea

Meaning:
‘There is general agreement that the initial [t-], found in many Lewis and Harris place-names of Norse origin, represents an original Norse [h-], which has been ‘replaced by [t-] where Gaelic morphonemics require a non-lenited (radical) initial’.’ (Gammeltoft 2001, 124)
The specific might be:
• OI horf ‘a nautical term, direction, course’ (CV, 279). Horvenes occurs in Froland, Norway (NG)
• OI h?rgr ‘a heathen place of worship...in Icelandic local names... Hörgár-dalr’ (CV, 311), ‘a heap of gathered stones’ (see Horgabost in Gammeltoft 2001, 124), from which derives Horgen (NS). Hörg- occurs eleven times as a specific among Icelandic farm names (SAM); there is a Horgaset in Voss, Norway (NG). The fricative terminal -g can develop into /v/, as in Borve and Barvas, Lewis < ON borg (Oftedal 2009, 16 and 17)
The weakly stressed generic may be OI áss ‘rocky ridge’ (CV, 46). This is extremely common as a specific (see Asadh), but only occurs sixteen times as a generic among Icelandic farm names, for example Efri-Ás (SAM). See Cinnabhara

Other Forms: ONB p. 222 gives Eilean Rinn Thorbhais, "meaning not known."

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: OS