Township: Heanish

Map Reference: Heanish 53

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: The single informant suggested a Gaelic coinage from ScG tumadh ‘dipping’, although there seem to be no other names deriving from this in Scotland (SP). Alternatively this may be a Norse name:
• Homme in Norway (NS) derives from ON hvammr (genitive hvamms) ‘grassy slope...very frequent as an appellative in every Iceland farm or as a local name’ (CV, 296). Vam occurs twice in Orkney; Hvammur is extremely common in Iceland, with thirty five examples (SAM), occasionally occurring without the medial genitive morpheme /s/, as in Hvammeyri
• Homevatnet in Norway derives from ON hólm ‘islet’ (NS), but the only suitable feature in Heanish is ScG Eilean nan Gobhar ‘the island of the goats’ at the west end of the beach, and which relates to the -nes of Heanish
The generic may be ON eið ‘promontory’, which might reference the eastern end of the beach at Heanish.

Other Forms: A' Mhòinteach Chòllach - AK

Àit' a' Chullaich - place of the boar - HMcK

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Margaret MacKinnon, Heanish, 5/1996

Informant 2: Annie Kennedy, Post Office, Scarinish, 3/1994

Informant 3: Angus Munn, Heanish, 6/1995 and Hugh MacKinnon (The 'Dooley'), Baugh, 1/1999