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 Moonen Burn on the west coast of Skye, a Mo on Harris, a Moa and three examples of Moan on Orkney, and a Mooa and Moon on Shetland (SP); Moen is a common name in Norway (NG); Moen is a common farm name in Norway (OR); 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