Township: Cornaigbeg

Map Reference: Cornaigbeg 41

Name Type: boundary wall

Meaning: The folk etymology is that this name derives from Saint Mirren, but there are no known ecclesiastical remains nearby. However, this is more likely to come from ON mór 'a moor, heath', with the post-positioned bound definite article > mórinn.
There is a Mo on Harris, and a Moa and three examples of Moan on Orkney (SP); Murren and Moan on Rousay have been derived from mórin (Marwick 1995 (1947), 64-5); there is a Moi Geo in South Ronaldsay, Orkney; and a Moi Fea in Walls and a Mooa and Moon on Shetland (SP); Moan is an extremely common name in Norway (NG); Moen is a common farm name in Norway (OR); Móran occurs twice among settlement names in the Faroe Islands (KO); and Móar occurs twice as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Garradh Mhoirein - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p90.

Garradh Mhorainn - AMcL

Related Places:

A small legnth of wall in Alec MacLean's croft - AMcL.

Local Form: Gàrra' Mhoirein - AMcL

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Mairi Campbell, Corrairigh, Cornaigbeg, 12/1993

Informant 2: Alec MacLean, Corniagbeg, 12/1993