Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 7

Name Type: hill

Meaning: A cleft in the cliffs
ScG lag 'hollow'

This is likely to be the ScG loan word cambar from 'ON kambr means properly 'comb' or 'crest', and is applied to a hill or ridge of hills rising like a crest' (Jakobsen 1897, 77; see Cox 2002, 109 and 361). ON kambr also became a common loan word in the Shetland and Orkney dialects, as in Kame of Hoy, or one of the spectacular cliffs on Foula called Da Kame (SP). Later Gaelic speakers may have re-semanticised the name as ScG cambar 'place of burial' (Dwelly). The nominative case ending kambr appears to have been been preserved.
On the other hand, this could have been an original Norse construction. Campa is a place-name in Islay (Macniven 2006, 320); there is an Allt Camber in Harris (SP); Kamben is extremely common as a place-name in Norway (NG); while Kambur occurs six times both in the Faroe Islands and in Iceland (KO and SAM).

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Donald MacNeill (Dòmhnall an Tàilleir), The Land, 1/1994