Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 8

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The significance of the specific Lochlann is obscure. In medieval Gaelic writing the enigmatic name Lochlann was coined to mean the Norse-dominated regions of Scotland. ‘By the middle of the eleventh century, Gaelic chroniclers had begun to experiment with new or resurrected terms such as order to distinguish the more fully Scandinavian people from the more Gaelicized’ (Woolf, quoted in Clancy 2008, 26). In modern ScG it has come to mean Norway, and Lochlannach ‘Norseman’. Lochlann may also be an early form of the personal ScG male name Lachlann.

Other Forms: Tràigh Lochlainn - AMcL

An Tràigh-lochain - ONB p117, with lachain crossed out.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996

Informant 2: OS