Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 46

Name Type: machair

The specific may be:
• ON á (genitive singular ár) ‘stream’. A nearby beach is today called ScG Port an t-Sruthain ‘the inlet of the little stream’. The 'stream', Á, may refer to the tidal race in the Sound of Gunna, which is also known as ScG Sruth a’ Chaolais 'the stream of the narrows' (John Archie MacLean, Crois, 12/1993, oral source). See Àras. Árgerði occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM); and Argir is a settlement in the Faroe Islands
• 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 more accurately reflects the disyllabic version, Adha-, collected by the Ordnance Survey. There is an Adaldale in Horten (NS); and Aðalból occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM). 'Intervocalically, ON -ð- is replaced by hiatus, for example in ScG fadhail' (Cox 2007b, 68). However, this is likely to be a tertiary settlement rather than a principal one (see section 8.3)
There is an Áigir in Porsanki, Norway (NG) and an Aigeir in OR.
The generic is most likely to be ON gerði ‘fence, field’, or ON geiri ‘a triangular piece of land’ rather than ON gjá ‘coastal gully’. See Hoisnis

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