Township: Baugh

Map Reference: Baugh 43

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The lack of source forms makes this name difficult to reconstruct safely. Possibly a loan word from ON lœkr ‘a wet, grassy hollow or deep channel through which water flows quietly’ (Jakobsen, quoted in Baldwin in Gammeltoft el al. 2005, 35). This may refer to the stream now known as ScG An Fhadhail ‘the ford’. If there is a generic it may be ON eið ‘isthmus, neck of land’. There appears to be a terminal ScG locational suffix -(a)id ‘place of’ (Cox 2002b, 60).
Dam Look is a place-name in Unst, and Look of Houllsquey is in Northmavine, Shetland (SP), showing that lœkr entered the Shetland dialect; there are four examples of Leiknes in Norway (NG); Løken is quite a common farm name in Norway (OR); and Læk- is a common specific among farm names in Iceland, as in Læknesstaðir (SAM).

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Recorded as Loch Liùcaid, but it is a small coastal indentation - JH.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Hugh MacKinnon (The Dooley), Baugh, 1/1996