Township: Heanish

Map Reference: Heanish 11

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Heanish | A stream crossing the Heanish road and leading down to the sea through ScG A’ Ghlac Dhubh ‘the black hollow’

There are at least two possibilities for the specific:
• ON rakki (genitive rakka) 'dog' (CV, 481)
• The male ON personal name Rakki is the derivation of Rakkestad in Norway (NS)
The generic is ON dalr ‘valley or piece of ground’: Rakkadal.
There is a Loch Racadal on the Kintyre peninsula (SP); Rakkedal(en) is found three times in Norway (NG); Rak- is a common specific among Norwegian farm names, as in Rakkevik (OR); Rak- is also a common specific in the Faroe Islands, for example Rakhella (KO); and there are two examples of Melrakkadalur in Iceland, after ON mel-rakki '[Arctic] fox' (CV, 424).

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