Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 11

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The fact that there is just one documentary source means that we have to be careful. The specific could be ON hallr 'slope, hill; big stone, boulder ... frequently [also] in the personal name Hallr [with the genitive morpheme /s/] ... and in local names Hall-land' (CV, 235; see Hallans, Sandnes 2010a, 203). The personal name Hallr occurs eighteen times among the early settlers of Iceland (Landnámabók 1900, 348).
As far as the generic is concerned, ON sker 'skerry', with the final vowel broadened through affection, suits the coastal topography. ON garðr ‘farm or fence’, or ON geiri 'a triangular piece of land’ both suit phonologically, if the name had transferred.
There is a Hallilee in Dunrossness, Shetland (SP); a Hallervika in Norway (NG); Hallesby occurs twice in Norway (NG); Hallatangi is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); 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