Township: Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Soay 21

Name Type: fort

Meaning: This derives from OI oddi (or oddr, genitive odda) ‘point or tongue of land... frequently in local names Odda-staðr’ (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1897, 87, 88 and 95; Cox 2002b, 346). There are also the male ON personal names Oddi and Oddr (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1936, 152). The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’ with metathesis. Odda-hólmr is likely to have been the original name for Cleit Ruaig, a large, domed rock just off the ‘points’ of Soay.
There is an Odarum and an Otternish on North Uist (SP); there is an Otrøy in Midsud, an Otteholman in Leka, and Otreholmen is common in Norway (NG); and Oddar and Oddagarðar are farm names in Iceland (SAM).

'Bera spoke in terms of great affection of places on the farm of Valla, in the other end of the island. 'The little dune and the big dune / Dunes of my love / Odram [Odarum, Sòthaigh] and the raven's Mound [Meall an Fhithich]/ Where I was young a girl / Though I am today and old woman / bent and decrepit and sallow.' Campbell JG 1915, The Sharp-Witted Wife (A' Chailleach Bheur) The Scottish Historical Review, 12, 413

Other Forms: Odrum Point - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

Odarum - AMcL, HMcK

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996 and 3/2010

Informant 2: Hugh MacKinnon, Torr a' Bhaile, 3/2010