Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 38

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This may be from ScG earball ‘tail’. However, earball is an uncommon element in the Hebrides, appearing once as Airidh nan Earball and Loch nan Earball in Uig (SP), and not appearing in the Carloway Gazetteer (Cox 2002b). The Tiree dialect pronounces earbal as [?u ?? ?b??].
This is more likely to be a Norse name, with the specific ON eyrr/øyrr (genitive singular eyrar) ‘gravel bank...a small point of land running into the sea’ (CV, 136), which is topographically very appropriate. There is an Ervik in Selje, and an Erøyna in Suldal, Norway (SP); names in Eyrar- are very common amongst farm names in Iceland, for example Eyrarbakki (SAM).

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Local Form: An Urball Mòr

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Neil MacKinnon, Balevullin, 2/1994