Township: Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Soay 2

Name Type: shore

Meaning: An islet 100 m from the shore

This is a Norse name, with the specific being a male ON personal name such as Kári or Kárr (see Caryshader in Oftedal 2009, 27) with the genitive morpheme /s/. Although the genitive of Kári is Kára, a secondary -s can be added later (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.). The generic is either ON hólmr ‘islet’ after metathesis, or ON múli ‘promontory’ if the name had transferred.
There is a Carsaig on Mull (SP); Karisholmen occurs five times in Norway (NG); and there are eight farm names in Kára-, for example Káranes, in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Carsumal Beg - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

Càrsamull - ONB p138

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Lachlan MacKinnon, Brock, 1990

Informant 2: OS

Informant 3: The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768