Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 78

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The lack of source forms makes this name difficult to reconstruct safely. Possibly the specific is ON dúfa (genitive dúfu, plural dúfur) ‘dove, pigeon’ with some reduction; this may be the derivation of Duesund in Masfjorden (NS). Macniven suggests dúfa in his reconstruction of Duisker on Islay (see Macniven 2015, 260); there is a Loch Duvat on South Uist (SP); and names in Duf(v)- are quite common in Norway, for example Duvdalen (NG). The rock dove (Columba livia) is common on Tiree and Gunna (Bowler and Hunter 2007, 131). The generic may be ON pallr ‘ledge’.

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Languages : Norse

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