Township: Cornaigmore

Map Reference: Cornaigmore 131

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This may be a Gaelic coinage from ScG badag ‘a small bunch, cluster or tuft; besom, generally of heather’ (Dwelly), with the locational Gaelic suffix -an. Badag occurs twice in Argyll, as in Badag Mholach on Jura, and Na Badagan in Kilchoman (SP). This reconstruction, however, does not account for the initial long vowel, or the absence of heather at the shore here.
Less likely is a Norse coinage from OI bátr (genitive singular báts, genitive plural báta) ‘boat, a small open fishing vessel. In Iceland only small boats are called so, those of two or four oars’. This may be a loan word into ON (see CV, 55).
It is found in the Norwegian farm names Baatvik, Baateviken and Baatevik (OR), but there are no cognates in the Northern Isles (SP) or Iceland (SAM). The generic here is ON vík ‘bay’, possibly with the post-positioned bound definite article. This certainly suits the topography, but bátr seems not have been current in the Norse expansion zone in the early medieval period.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacPhail, Clachan, 6/1995