Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 35

Name Type: sub-township

Meaning: There are at least two plausible specifics:
• The common male ON personal name Einarr. There is an Eina Stack in Northmavine, Shetland (SP); Einarhola and Einarholene in Norway (NG); it is a common specific among Norwegian farm names, as in Einarvold (OR); and Einar- occurs twelve times among Icelandic farm names, all with the medial genitive morpheme /s/, as in Einarsnes (SAM)
• ON ein 'one ... in compounds ein-búi a single dweller' (CV, 120), 'a single or solitary feature' (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.). Eynhallow is an islet near Rousay, Orkney; Ein is a common specific in Norway with eleven examples of Einholmen and three of Einberget (NG); and Ein- occurs nines times as a specific in Icelandic farm names, as in Einholt (SAM)
The generic is most likely ON hóll ‘rounded hill’, probably referencing Cnoc Mòr Èirneil, but could also ON be v?llr ‘field, meadow’ (see Manal).

Other Forms: Earnal - “A likely etymology is to be found in Blaeu’s map in The “Hyring or “Herne” castle which it shows as standing on an island in Loch Kirkapol. Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p80.

Earnal - ONB p125, "three small crofts," with Aineol crossed out.

Related Places:

Information:The Gaelic Otherworld, ed Ronald Black, p245-6:
Some thirty years ago [ie around 1844] a man in Tiree nicknamed the Poult (am Bigein) was haunted for several months by the spectre of the person with whom he was at that time at service. The phantom came regularly every evening for him, and if its call wasdisregarded it gave him next evening a severe thrashing, According to the man's own account, the spectre sometimes spoke, and when he understood what it said, gave good advice. Its speech was generally indistinct and unintelligible. The person whose spectre it was, on being spoken to on the subject, got very angry, but the visits of the spectre ceased.
See also p 646.
There were three houses here in her day - Mary Ann MacDonald, Heanish, 3/1994.

It is pronounced Eirneal (eyr-nyal) - Mary MacKinnon, Parkhouse,12/2007.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse

Informants: multiple

Informant 2: OS