Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 55

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The two recorded forms cannot be reconciled. The specific in this location is likely to be ON skarfr ‘cormorant’. One form suggests the generic could be OI mynni ‘mouth of a river’ (Jakobsen 1897, 99; Jakobsen 1936, 83). ‘ON mynni, ‘a mouth or opening into which a stream disgorges’, was generally associated with a burn or river entering the sea’ (Baldwin, in Gammeltoft 2005, 29).
There is a Stack of Meenataing on Unst, Shetland (SP); there is a Mina on Foula, Shetland (Baldwin, in Gammeltoft 2005, 29); there is a Skoraminn on Bressay, Shetland (Jakobsen 1936, 83); and Dalsmynni is a common farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Sgaramin - WL

Sgaramhain - L and C McF

Sgarabhain - LMcF

Related Places:

A fishing rock off Goibhneag - LM.

Between An Geodha Mor and Goibhneag

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

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

Informant 2: Willie Lamont, Mannal, 9/1995

Informant 3: Lachlan MacFarlanne, Hynish, 5/1996