Township: Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Soay 2

Name Type: shore

Meaning: An islet 100 m from the shore

The specific could be the male ON personal name Kári or Kárr (see Caryshader
in Oftedal 2009, 27) with the genitive morpheme /s/. ‘All ON nouns ending in -i, originally take -a in the genitive. However, there is a tendency to add a secondary -s in personal names.’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.)’
ON hólmr ‘islet’ after metathesis, or ON múli ‘promontory’ if the name had transferred
There is a Carsaig on Mull (SP); Karisholmen is a common place-name 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