Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 52

Name Type: sea

Meaning: This name may have been gaelicised as ScG Breith Sgeirean nan Ròin ‘the skerries where the seals give birth’. However, breith is uncommon in Scottish place-names, occurring only in Ardnamurchan as ScG Torr na Breith ‘the hillock of the birthing’ (SP).
This is more likely to be a Norse name with the common ON breið ‘broad’, or (less likely) the male ON personal name Breiðr, with ON sker ‘skerry’ (see Oftedal 2009, 24).
Names in Brei- are plentiful in the Northern Isles, such as eighteen examples of Brei Geo and a Brei Holm in Shetland (SP); Breiðavík and Breiðanes are quite common farm names in Iceland, with the form Breiða- occuring much more commonly than Breið- (SAM).

Other Forms: Breath-sgeirean - ONB p153, "Layer rocks."

Breith sgeireach - OS

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2 and 10/1996

Informant 2: OS