Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 33

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This is a Norse headland name: ON óss ‘outlet, mouth of a river...frequent in local names, Óss, Ós-ló in Norway’ (CV, 473), with ON nes ‘promontory’. The ‘river’ is likely to be the tidal race between Tiree and Coll.
There is a Loch Ossigary on Harris, an Ossi Tang on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, and an Ossi Geo in Lerwick (SP); there is an Osnes in Karmøy, Norway (NG); Osnes is a farm name in Norway (OR); and Ósnes is a common place-name in Iceland.

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacIntosh, Caolas, 1/1994

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/1996