Township: Cornaigbeg

Map Reference: Cornaigbeg 20

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: There are at least two possibilities for the specific:
• ON mór (genitive mós, dative mó, plural móar) ‘a moor, heath, mostly used of a barren moorland, grown only with ling; frequently in local names, Mór, Móar, Mó-berg...in compounds as mó-hella, mó-berg’ (CV, 435-6). This is common among Norwegian farm names, as in Modal, Mosby and Morland (OR); and extremely common among Icelandic farm names, for example Móafell, Mógil and Moshlíð (SAM)
• ON mjór ‘narrow...in compounds as in Mjó-sund and Mjóvi-dalur’ (CV, 433). Mjóidalur is a farm name in Iceland (SAM)
The generic is either ON v?llr (plural vellir) ‘field’, or hváll ‘dome-shaped hill’ (CV, 298)
There is a Mùirnemeall on Islay, which Macniven derives from Mýrnafjall (Macniven 2015, 298); there are a Moi Fea in Walls and a Moi Geo in South Ronaldsay, Orkney (SP); there are several examples of Moifjellet in Norway (NG).

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

Cnoc Mòr-mhill - ONB p79, "Knoll of the Big Lump."

Related Places:

Information:Moidhir-mheall "the giant dwelt in one of the Kenavara caves and threw the stone after an intruder." -Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p90.


Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Hector J Campbell, Cornaigbeg, 1/1994 and 1/1995

Informant 2: OS