Township: Ruaig,Ruaig

Map Reference: Ruaig 48

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This is an unqualified, simplex name in ON eyrr (most likely in the dative case eyri) 'gravelly bank, either of the banks of a river or small tongues of land running into the sea ... duels usually took place on a gravel bank or on an island, hence the phrase ganga út á eyri, to go to fight' (CV, 136). 'The velar fricative [?] frequently terminates otherwise open final syllables, e.g. Bòstadh < ON Bólstað 'the farm'' (Cox 2002, 64; Gammeltoft 2001, 92).
Oighre is a settlement name on Raasay (MacKay 2013, 10); Ayre occurs four times as a simplex name in Orkney (SP); Øyri occurs ten times in Norway (NG); while Eyri occurs seven times among the farm names of Iceland (SAM).

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Lachlan MacKinnon, Brock, 1990