Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 7

Name Type: sea

Meaning: The specific is ON gris ‘dangerous waters with many submerged rocks’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.): 'Norwegian island names containing words for pigs, dogs, oxen etc., are often thought to signal dangerous water or passage with submerged reefs and strong currents.' (Gammeltoft, in in Gammeltoft et al., 2005, 124) The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’ after metathesis: Grishólm.
There is a Burn of Griskerry in Sandwick, Shetland; there is a Grisevika in Fjaler, and names in Grisholmen are quite common in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: Eilean Ghreasamuill - ONB p8

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996

Informant 2: OS