Township: Heanish

Map Reference: Heanish 11

Name Type: shore

Meaning: There are at least four possibilities for the specific:
• Male ON personal name Rakki > Rakkestad (NS)
• ON rakki (genitive singular and plural rakka) ‘dog’
A transfer name: there is a Rakkedal in Gjerstad, Norway (NG)
• ON rák ‘a cattle track, streak or vein in a mountain’ (Jakobsen 1936, 89)
The generic is ON dalr ‘valley or piece of ground’ used here in the former sense.
There is a Loch Racadal on the Kintyre peninsula (SP); Rak- is a common specific among Norwegian farm names, as in Rakkevik (OR); and Rakkedal(en) is found three times in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: Glac Rachadail - ONB p177, no meaning given.

Related Places:

A small tidal pool. A good place for gathering dulse seaweed - AM.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Angus Munn, Heanish, 6/1995

Informant 2: OS