Township: Heanish

Map Reference: Heanish 71

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This could be derived from ScG mias ‘plate, dish, basin’ (Dwelly), with the locational suffix -ag. Miasaid, from the same root, is a common place-name in Lewis (Cox 2002b, 149).
However, this could be a name in ON vík ‘bay’, with the specific ON meiss ‘in Norway, any basket of wicker-work, e.g. meisa síld, barrel of herrings’ (CV, 423), used here for collecting seaweed.
There is a Meisfjorden in Leirfjord derived from meiss (NS), and a Meisvika in Hattfjelldal, Norway (NG).

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Languages : Norse

Informants: Angus Munn, Heanish, 6/1995

Informant 2: Neil Johnston, Heanish, 5/1994