Township: Hynish

Map Reference:

Name Type: coastal

Meaning: The specific in this location is likely to be ON skarfr ‘cormorant’. The generic could be ON vangr 'garden, green home field ... in a great number of local names' (CV, 678), possibly as tertiary small farm name (NS).
I could not find vangr as the secure basis for any Scottish place-names, and its use may have stopped before the Viking Age. However, vangen is one of the commonest place-names in Norway, where -van is a common specific, for example Grøvan (NG); Gudvangen in Norway derives from vangr (NS); Sólvangur 'sun field', a poetical metaphor for heaven (CV, 678) occurs four times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Sgaramhain, Lachlan and Chrissie MacFarlane, Hynish, 1/1994 (oral sources)

Sgarabhain, Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish, 5/1996 (oral source)

Related Places:

Information:Hynish | A fishing rock at the shore, near to the mouth of ScG An Abhainn Bhàn 'the sandy stream'. Rows of shags commonly line up on the offshore rocks.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse

Informants: Lachlan and Chrissie MacFarlane, Hynish, 1/1994

Informant 2: Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish, 5/1996