Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 78

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The fact that there is just one oral source forces us to be cautious. Possibly the specific is ON dúfa (genitive dúfu, plural dúfur) 'dove, pigeon' with some reduction. The rock dove (Columba livia) is common on Tiree and Gunna (Bowler and Hunter 2007, 131). This can also be a personal man's name. The generic is ON pallr 'ledge' (see Generics and Earbal for a discussion of this element).
Macniven suggests dúfa in his reconstruction of Duisker on Islay (see Macniven 2015, 260); there is a Loch Duvat on South Uist (SP); Dúfa is suggested as the derivation of Duesund in Masfjorden (NS); names in Duf(v)- are quite common in Norway, for example Duvdalen (NG); while Dúfunesskeið was an early settlement in Iceland (Landnámabók 1900, 289).

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Languages : Norse

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996 and 5/2009