Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 20

Name Type: shore

Meaning: There is a Cirbhig in Carloway, Lewis, which Oftedal derives as ON kyrr ‘calm’, with vík ‘bay’ (Oftedal 2009, 20). The generic for the Tiree name could also be ON hryggr ‘ridge’. There is a Kyrvika in Karlsøy, Norway (NG).
Less likely, this could also be derived from ScG ciar ‘dusky’ with the diminutive suffix -ag. If the name is indeed ScG Ciarag ‘a dark place’ (Cox 2002b, 82) it is probably being used in the dative case *Ciaraig (Richard Cox, pers. comm.) because of the palatalised ending.

Other Forms: An Ciarraig, Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 4/1995 (oral source)
Ciaraig (with no definite article), Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd; Brownlie 1995, 157

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 4/1995

Informant 2: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd

Informant 3: Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p157