Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 11

Name Type: shore

Meaning: ‘There is general agreement that the initial [t-], found in many Lewis and Harris place-names of Norse origin, represents an original Norse [h-], which has been ‘replaced by [t-] where Gaelic morphonemics require a non-lenited (radical) initial’. (Gammeltoft 2001, 124)
ON hallr ‘slope, hill; big stone, boulder...frequently in the personal name Hallr [with the genitive morpheme /s/]...and in local names Hall-land’ (CV, 235; see Hallans, Sandnes 2010a, 203)
The generic is either ON sker ‘skerry’, with the final vowel broadened through affection; ON garðr ‘farm or fence’; or ON geiri ‘a triangular piece of land’.
There is a Hallilee in Dunrossness, Shetland (SP); a Hallervika in Norway (NG); Hallesby is a farm name in Norway (OR); and Hallskot is a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Tràigh Thallasgair - ONB p61, with Tràigh h-Alasgair crossed out, "meaning unknown."

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Local Form: Tra' Thallasgeir

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: OS