Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 31

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: Kenavara, Barrapol | An area at the top of the cliffs between two rises. In other North Atlantic islands, the valuable harvest from sea cliffs was formally divided: 'It seems likely that the cliff divisions and fowling rights in Shetland were dependent upon the amount of land held, as was certainly the case in the Faroe Islands and St Kilda.' (Baldwin 1973, 16)

There are at least two plausible reconstructions:
• The male ON Christian personal name Mikkel with the genitive morpheme /s/. ON deild 'share' is topographically more likely here than ON dalr 'valley or area of ground'. Mikkels- is a common specific in Norway, as in Mikkelsøy, and there is a Mikelsdalen in Nissedal, Norway (NG); there is a Mikkjalsskriða in the Faroe Islands (KO)
• ON mikill or mykill 'large in size; great' (CV, 427), with ON st?ðull 'milking place'. There is a Mikkelsstølen in Norway (NG)

Other Forms:

Related Places:

Down from Dùn nan Gall - WMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse

Informants: William MacLean, Barrapol, 4/1998

Informant 2: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd

Informant 3: Niall M Brownlie, Bailtean is Ath Ghairmean, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p155