Township: Heanish

Map Reference: Heanish 12

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The differing source forms makes this name difficult to reconstruct safely.
• Male ON personal name Ari. 'Genitive of the rather common masculine name Ari is Ara, -s occurs only by later analogy' (see Arsdale in Sandnes 2010a, 94); Arabygdi, Vinje, is derived from Ari (NS); and Arabær and Arakot are farm names in Iceland (SAM)
• ON ørfiris ‘tidal’ (Crawford 1987, 103), as in many examples of the tidal island Orosay ('an island at ebb time connected with the main land is called Örfiris-ey, Orfir in Orkney', CV, 134). This is topographically very plausible
The generic is ON pollr ‘pond, small tidal bay’ (Gammeltoft 2001, 301). The name may have been gaelicised by the modern informant as ScG ailbean 'part of the ebb where marine grass (eel grass) grows - Uist' (Dwelly)

Other Forms: Lòn Àrabuill - ONB p178 with Lòn Earrabaill crossed out.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Angus Munn, Heanish, 6/1995

Informant 2: OS