Township: Barrapol,Middleton

Map Reference: Middleton 14

Name Type: well

Meaning: This appears to be a simplex Norse name in OI kjölr 'keel ... metaphorically, a keel-shaped range of mountains' (CV, 341). 'Kjölr denotes longish elevations in a number of Norwegian names' (Sandnes 2010a, 211). This is phonologically plausible, but the landscape here is a gentle ridge in cultivated land, rather than a range of mountains. It is more likely to have been a transfer name, or reference the Kenavara headland (see Ceòl). The nominative case ending kjölr appears to have been preserved.
There is a Loch Cealla-dail (Keoldale) near Durness (SP), and a Ciulabhair in Carloway (Cox 2002, 361); there is a Kjølle in Follday while Kjølle- is a very common specific in Norway (NG); Kjul is a farm name in OR; Kjølur occurs three times as a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); and Kjölur is a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Tobar Chiolaire - SA 1979/78/A1

Related Places:

Back of Hugh MacLean's house - WMcL.

This well is in An Club Mòr. It had a stone top and was built up with stones, but can no longer be seen except in dry weather. The water from this well had healing properties - HMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacLean, Barrapol, 2/1996

Informant 2: SA 1979/78/A1

Informant 3: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 3/94 and 12/1996