Township: Salum

Map Reference: Sàlum 16

Name Type: shore

Meaning: ‘Vöttr (genitive vattar)...glove, pillow, personal local names Vattar-nes, -tunga, -fjörðr, [from the] Landnámabók map of Iceland.’ (CV, 723)
‘The common noun v?ttr masc. ‘a glove’ is to be found as the first component in place-names in Iceland (Vattarness [twice]) and Norway (Vattøy). The precise onomastic function of this element is not entirely clear, but the most likely explanation is that it serves to indicate the shape of the topographic features involved’ (Pálsson 1996, 11). Vatternish in Skye comes from the same root; there is a Vatti Stack in Northmavine, Shetland (SP).
The change from /v/ to /f/, known as devoicing, is quite common, found, for example, in the change from ON vaðill ‘shallow water’ to ScG fadhail ‘ford’. The generic is either ON múli ‘promontory’, or ON hólmr ‘islet’ with metathesis.

Other Forms: Vadelum - The map MVLA INSVLA in the Atlas of Scotland, Atlas Novus, by Joan Blaeu, 1654. These maps were largely based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. NLS, 123.

Fadumull Isle - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

Fhàdamull - ONB p113, with Fàd na maile crossed out.

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Languages : Norse

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996

Informant 2: OS