Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 46

Name Type: machair

Meaning: This is a Norse name in either ON gerði ‘fence, field’ or ON geiri ‘a triangular piece of land’. The specific may be OI aðal- 'chief, head ... used in a great many compounds ... e.g. Á-ból (from aðal-ból), a farm inhabited by its master, manor house, as opposed to tenant farms' (CV, 3 and 39). This reflects the disyllabic version, Adha-, collected by the Ordnance Survey, as -ð- in the middle of words usually falls (see section 17.4.2.2).
This is not a common element, but there is one Adal in Horten, Norway, recorded in 1400 as Adaldale and derived from aðal (NS). Aðalvík was recorded in Iceland (Landnámabók 1900, 284), while Aðalból occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Cnoc Adha-geir, 1878 OS 6inch 1st edition. ONSB p5, with Aigeich, "Stallion's Hill" crossed out
Cnoc Àigeir, Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996 (oral source)
Cnoc a' Ràig, Mary Ann MacLennan, Caolas, 6/1994 (oral source)

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Mary Ann MacLennan, Caolas, 6/1994

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996

Informant 3: OS