Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 11

Name Type:

Meaning: Named after big cliffs in Mull where family came from - Neil Alec MacLean, Hough, 11/1993

It is an old name, long before the house was built - Flora Ann Brown, Balevullin, 11/1995.

Interestingly this name is not in the ONB.

This may be a loan word from OI gnípa ‘peak, jutting pinnacle (on a beetling mountain)’ (Zoega) > ScG grìob(a) ‘coast, precipice, part of a sea-coast where it is rocky and difficult to land – Uist’ (Dwelly), used with the Gaelic suffix -an denoting ‘place of’ (Cox 2002b, 59) (Alasdair Whyte, pers. comm.). It is also possible that this is a pure Norse name where ON gnípa has developed the post- positioned bound definite article > gnípin.
Gribun is also a coastal name below high cliffs on the west coast of Mull opposite Ulva; there is a Greepe on Skye (SP); Grip entered the dialect and is a common element in Orkney, as in Grip of Eastigarth (SP); there is a Gripen in Meland, and a Grippen in Rødøy, Norway (NG); Nípá and Nípur are farm names in Iceland (SAM). ‘The element gnípa occurs as a mountain name at several places in Norway, for example in the forms Nipa, Nipen and Knipen.’ (Fellows-Jensen, in Gammeltoft et al. 2005, 104)

Other Forms: Gribun - OS

Related Places:

Cameron, Rev. Hector (ed.), Na Bàird Thirisdeach, The Tiree Association, 1932, Angus MacKechnie, 'Iorram nan Itheach', p 382:

Frasan cruaidh a nuas bho Ghriobunn,
’S i ’na sioban bho Cheann-Traighe;
Ach na fleasgaich cha dean striochdadh-
Ruigidh sinn an cala sabhailt.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Neil Alec MacLean, Hough, 11/1993

Informant 3: Flora Ann Brown, Balevullin, 11/1995