Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 23

Name Type: shore

Meaning: OI kría (genitive kríu) ‘tern...this word does not occur in old writers’ (CV, 356), with ON hólmr ‘islet’ with metathesis (see Miarum). Voiced (such as /g/), and unvoiced (such as /k/), consonants often alternate (Sandnes 2010a, 71), and vowel length is generally unstable in the Orkney material (Sandnes 2010a, 70). This reconstruction is certainly topographically plausible. If the derivation is correct, this name could be dated to the later Scandinavian period on Tiree. There is a Kriaberget in Norway (NG), and a Kríumýri In Iceland (SAM). The phonetic development makes ON grá ‘grey’ less likely as the specific, but it does occur among Icelandic farm names, as in Gráhella and Grásteinn (SAM).

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Languages : Norse, Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: ONB