Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 55

Name Type: shore

Meaning: 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.

The specific is ON skarfr ‘cormorant’. 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), Skarfamynni. This is topographically very appropriate.
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 occurs six times as a 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: Willie Lamont, Mannal, 9/1995