Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 1

Name Type: shore

Meaning: One of several coastal rocks of this name around Tiree.

This coastal place name occurs in five places on Tiree, and is always applied to a small, pointed coastal rock. ‘Snoog or Snjoogi is ON knúkr or knjúkr ‘high knoll or peak hill-top’. It usually denotes a hill whose top shapes into a knoll or peak’ (Jakobsen 1897, 76). ‘A change of ‘kn’ > ’sn’ initially can be shown in Orkney Norn, e.g. *snök, *snøk, hill peak, point. Now only as a place name, ON knúkr. This is common in Shetland Norn’ (see snoddy, Marwick 1929, 353). Snòig appears to have become a Gaelic loan word on Tiree (see examples below). The name Sneuk occurs in Hoy and Westray, Orkney; Da Sneug is one of the peaks of Foula, Shetland, and Sneugie and Sneugans are common place-names in Shetland (SP); there is a Knuken in Surnadal, Norway (NG); and there is a Knúkr in the Faroe Islands.

Other Forms: ONB p. 190 gives An Snoig

Related Places:

A fishing rock.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: Mary MacArthur, Sandaig, 5/1994

Informant 2: OS