Township: Cornaigbeg

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Name Type: shore

Meaning: If this name is Norse, the generic could be ON hlíðin ‘the slopes’, with ON grjot ‘stone’. ‘Liin is a dialectal form of ‘the slopes’. Li is the common Norwegian for a slope, ON hlíð-in is a variant with the definite plural article. If the first element of the name is of ON origin, I would suggest grjót, modern grøt ‘stone’’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.). Gruline in Mull has been comprehensively derived from ON grót ‘stony’ with þing ‘assembly’, and Whyte has extended this reconstruction to Gruline on Eigg and Islay (Whyte 2014; Macniven 2015, 325). There is no early form of the name or local feature to support this interpretation here.
The ending -ainn or -inn is unusual on the west coast of Scotland. There is a Garbh-Ling in Lochalsh, and a Lon Bho-Lainn (SP); there is a Greaulin on the west side of Trotternish, Skye (Blaeu 1662); there is a Leean in Northmavine, Shetland (SP); there is a Grøliin in Oppdal, Norway (NG); and Grøtlien occurs twice as a farm name in Norway (OR).

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An island in the middle of An Lionadh Mhor - HJC

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Hector JC Campbell, Cornaigbeg, 3/1994